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Ducommun Incorporated Announces $1.9 Million Contract Award for NASA's Crew Launch Vehicle Upper Stage
LOS ANGELES, California (May 31, 2007) -- Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE: DCO) today announced that its Ducommun Technologies, Inc. (DTI) subsidiary, through its Miltec business unit, has been awarded a $1.9 million contract to provide upper stage manufacturing demonstration articles for Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama. This work is in direct support of the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) Upper Stage Program office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Under the terms of the contract, the Ducommun team will deliver critical pieces for the development phase of the Upper Stage. The team is responsible for two of the early manufacturing demonstrator components, proving out the feasibility of the design, identifying the most efficient manufacturing techniques as well as providing critical material properties for the design teams at Marshall. The two components, gores and spun formed domes, are part of the tank heads, and will provide the critical parameters for future manufacturing of the Upper Stage LOX tanks. The team will couple Miltec’s key strengths in engineering and program management with Ducommun AeroStructures (DAS) expertise in manufacturing including stretch forming and chemical milling.'

Joseph C. Berenato, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ducommun, stated, “We are very pleased to have been awarded this initial contract for a statement of work on the CLV program which is slated to be the replacement vehicle for NASA’s Space Shuttle. This contract award is the first example of our efforts to combine the engineering and program management skills of our Miltec acquisition with the strong manufacturing capabilities of our other Ducommun facilities. We are developing Miltec to become Ducommun’s engineering center of excellence.”

Ducommun Technologies is a leading technology company with design, development, manufacturing, integration, and test capabilities in the areas of missiles, space, sensor, simulations, complex electronic/mechanical assemblies, illuminated cockpit displays, RF systems and space qualified motion control devices.

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.

Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama is a full-service technology solutions company with core capabilities in technology development, systems engineering, design, prototype development, testing, manufacturing, logistics, and operations and maintenance. These capabilities are applied across a wide range of programs in aerospace, defense, information technology, and environmental engineering. More information about Teledyne Brown Engineering may be found at 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 March 31, 2007 for a more detailed discussion of these and other risk factors and contingencies.
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