Lycoming Engines to star on ‘How It’s Made’

January 21, 2009
Lean Manufacturing process makes filming ‘go quite smoothly’

Williamsport, PA - January 21, 2009 - Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will be featured on the popular show “How It’s Made” for an upcoming segment on piston aircraft engines. Nearly 55 million households will get an up-close look at Lycoming Engines when The Science Channel airs the segment Friday, Jan. 23, at 9 p.m. (Eastern).

“When we look for firms to feature on the show, we are looking for someone who will show us a full process and Lycoming agreed to those terms,” said Robert Morselli, research director for the company that produces the show, Productions MAJ of Canada. “Lycoming’s lean, manufacturing process helped the filming of the segment go quite smoothly, with no hurdles.”

Ian Walsh, Lycoming’s senior vice president and general manager, said the company’s transformation since 2005 allowed Lycoming to showcase its facility and approve the documentary’s filming.

“Our engines are always in high demand in the general aviation market because of our technology, commitment to quality and continuous improvement,” Walsh said. “The transformation of our operations has given us a world-class facility to go with our premier workforce and processes. We are a natural fit for ‘How It’s Made’ and we are proud to have taken part in it.”

Segment Director François Senecal-Tremblay has a personal interest in aviation, having devoted segments of past shows to aircraft and aircraft parts. Before filming at Lycoming, his Montreal-based crew had been at Airship Management Services Inc., in Elizabeth City, N.C., where, coincidentally, they witnessed the delivery of new Lycoming engine destined for installation on a blimp.

Walsh noted that "After two days of filming, Mr. Senecal-Tremblay said that the crew has filmed more than 600 segments and singled out Lycoming’s workforce as one of those with the highest sense of pride in their work that he has seen.”

"How It's Made" is a unique show that has no host, no stars, and no story line. It's all about the product and the hands that build it. The show airs in dozens of countries and is broadcast in dozens of languages. “How It’s Made may be all about the product, but Lycoming Engines is all about our people,” Walsh said.

In addition to its Jan. 23 debut, the Lycoming Engines episode will air on the Science Channel later that same evening at midnight and on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 4 a.m. Eastern. The Science Channel reaches approximately 55 million homes. The Discovery Channel also airs episodes of “How It’s Made” after they have aired on The Science Channel. The Discovery Channel reaches nearly 97 million homes in the United States and approximately 234 million homes worldwide. Viewers should check local listings for details.

About Lycoming Engines
Lycoming Engines specializes in Engineering, Manufacture, Service and Support of piston aircraft engines. Headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world's general aviation fleet - both rotary-wing and fixed-wing. Lycoming Engines is a division of Avco Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $12.6 billion multi-industry company operating in 28 countries with approximately 42,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at

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