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Ducommun Incorporated Announces A $10 Million Contract for Carson Helicopter Composite Main Rotor Blades
LOS ANGELES, California (April 16, 2007) -- Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE: DCO) today announced that its Ducommun AeroStructures, Inc. (DAS) subsidiary has been awarded a follow-on contract for the fabrication and delivery of additional advanced composite main rotor blades for the S-61 helicopter. The composite main rotor blades are utilized and sold by Carson Helicopter as part of an upgrade package. The blades provide the end user with additional payload, speed and range on the same fuel capacity. Ducommun AeroStructures has produced over 150 composite main rotor blades since 2004. The value of the contract is $10.3 million through 2008. All work will be performed at DAS’s Monrovia, California facility.

Joseph C. Berenato, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ducommun, stated, “We are pleased to have been selected to support Carson Helicopter on this follow-on contract which reaffirms our ability to support our customers with concurrent engineering, manufacturing and assembly capabilities on start-up programs. We believe the Carson blade to be the only all-composite helicopter blade being manufactured by a company other than an Original Equipment Manufacturer. Our long-term involvement with manufacturing helicopter components and assemblies, including the Apache helicopter main and tail rotor blades provided DAS with the experience to support Carson in the launch of this all-composite main rotor blade. DAS will continue to seek additional opportunities in the helicopter blade marketplace.”

Ducommun AeroStructures manufactures large, complex structural components and assemblies in aluminum, specialty alloys such as titanium, metal bond and composites for a wide variety of military and commercial aerospace applications.

Founded in 1849, Ducommun Incorporated provides engineering and manufacturing services to the aerospace and defense industry.

The statements made in this press release include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company’s future financial results could differ materially from those anticipated due to the Company’s dependence on conditions in the airline industry, the level of new commercial aircraft orders, production rates for Boeing commercial aircraft, the C-17 and Apache helicopter rotor blade programs, the level of defense spending, competitive pricing pressures, manufacturing inefficiencies, start-up costs and possible overruns on new contracts, technology and product development risks and uncertainties, product performance, risks associated with acquisitions and dispositions of businesses by the Company, increasing consolidation of customers and suppliers in the aerospace industry, possible goodwill impairment, availability of raw materials and components from suppliers, and other factors beyond the Company’s control. See the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2006 for a more detailed discussion of these and other risk factors and contingencies.
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