Crane Co. acquires P.L. Porter Co.

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "Crane Co. acquires P.L. Porter Co.", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 76 No. 3.



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Crane Co. acquires P.L. Porter Co.

Crane Co. acquires P.L. Porter Co.

Crane Co. reports that it purchased P.L. Porter Co., a leading manufacturer of motion control products for airline seating.

Founded in 1947, P.L. Porter Co. (“Porter”) is a privately held company located in Woodland Hills, California, USA. Porter holds leading positions in both electromechanical actuation and hydraulic/mechanical actuation for aircraft seating, selling directly to seat manufacturers and to the airlines. Hydrolok(R), a lineal descendent of Porter's initial product developed for seating used on the DC-3, provides the leading solution for economy class type seats.

Electrically powered seat actuation systems provide motive power and control features required by premium class passengers on competitive international routes. Porter products not only provide passenger comfort with seat back and foot rest adjustment but also control advanced features such as lumbar support and in-seat massage. In addition to seats installed in new aircrafts, airlines refurbish and replace seating several times during an aircraft's life along with maintenance and repair requirements.

Porter will provide the core for a new solution set provided by Crane Aerospace and Electronics – Passenger Systems. This new solution set will bring to bear Crane Aerospace and Electronics' electronic, electric, sensor and motion control capabilities on passenger service applications.

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