St. Charles To Lose Jobs With Dukane Move

Sarasota, Fla.-based aerospace company is integrating Dukane Seacom. Some local employees will be invited to move.

One of St. Charles’ larger employers, Dukane Seacom, will be integrated into the operations of a Sarasota, Fla.-based sister company, Radiant Power Corp.

Both companies are owned by HEICO, a Miami, Fla.-based aerospace firm that Radiant Power Corp. said acquired Dukane Seacom in 2009. The integration is expected to affect 34 employees in St. Charles, some of whom Radiant Power Corp. said will be invited to move with the business to Sarasota.

The integration is not expected to affect other Dukane Seacom employees, who St. Charles officials believe number about 150.

Radiant Power Corp. posted a release about the integration move on Monday. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune posted a story that evening about the change, in which it reported that Radiant Power Corp. already is in the process of integrating another HEICO acquisition, Moritz Aerospace Inc. of Hatfield, Pa., into the Sarasota operation.

Dukane Seacom’s integration into Radiant Power Corp. is expected to be complete by the end of this year, the company said.

The integration makes sense, according to the explanation Radiant Power Corp. President Anish Patel offered to the Herald-Tribune: “The integration of the Dukane Seacom business into Radiant Power will expand Radiant Power’s sensors and instruments product offerings.”

He told the newspaper the two companies already have many common customers and and that the integration will benefit its assembly processes.

According to Radiant Power Corp.’s website, it produces aerospace products ranging from emergency power supplies to power distribution and control systems to cockpit instrumentation to data acquisition units.

Dukane Seacom is a leading world manufacturer of underwater acoustic beacons used in the aviation and marine industries. Dukane Seacom beacons are installed on commercial aircraft around the world, as well as on military aircraft. The beacons also have maritime and specialty underwater applications, Radiant Power Corp. said in its release.

The beacons and related acoustic equipment made by Dukane Seacom have been used in an array of applications. The company’s website lists them as including surveys, tankers, pipe pigs, mammals, torpedoes, submarines, smart bombs, artillery shells, cruise missiles, chlorine barges, satellite boosters, acoustic arrays, underwater mines, radioactive containers, rockets used for Mars and Jupiter missions, and solid fuel booster on the NASA space shuttle launch vehicles.

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Ted Schnell January 10, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Thanks Cheli -- are you on a laptop or mobile device?
Cheli Haywood January 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Mobile android phone Samsung III. Got another one too. A match making pop up. Couldn't close it or read the beginning of the article on Mill Creek school incident. Works fine on my laptop.
Sue Klinkhamer January 11, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Ted, I also got a pop up on my phone for Motley Fool..laptop fine but couldn't read story on phone
Charles Davis January 11, 2013 at 06:20 AM
St. Charles officials are so wrapped up in giving us more rooftops that they aren't putting any real effort into bringing any job producing concerns to the city.
Ted Schnell January 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Hi Sue -- I've forwarded this to our tech support team -- this apparently is an add that is not scaling down to the mobile format as it is supposed to. I am grateful for everyone who's been filling me in on this -- the more details I provide to our tech team, the better equipped they'll be to address it.


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