Recognized as the greatest pilot of all time, West Virginia’s own Chuck Yeager passed away earlier this week at the age of 97. He was best known for having been the first man to break the sound barrier on October 14, 1947 in the Bell X-1 rocket plane flying over Edwards Air Force Base. However, he also was a heavily decorated pilot during WWII having shot down 5 German planes in a single day. Combined with his leadership during the Viet Nam War, Yeager flew over 127 combat missions. In 1985, President Reagan recognized Yeager as an outstanding American patriot by awarding him the well-deserved Medal of Freedom. Born in the small southern town of Myra, WV, he never backed down from a challenge and excelled in the skies.
His own words best described him –
“You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.”
“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.”
“If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.”
God bless Charles “Chuck” Yeager – a true hero in every sense of the word.
As we celebrate the 244th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America, we continue to have much to appreciate and to be proud of – the sheer beauty of our country, our cultural diversity, freedom of speech and religion, our farmers who produce the most food in the world, our generosity, our entrepreneurial spirit and our constant guard for democracy.
This year, COVID-19 has threatened our very hearts and souls – businesses closed, churches closed, families and friends forced apart, and we lost far too many of our fellow Americans. For this to pass, we need to remain diligent and fight – as is the history of America – to return to a normalcy that we have long enjoyed.
Enjoy this 4th of July and celebrate responsibly.
The July Employee of the month has continually done an outstanding job for FCX, particularly, over the past several months.
In his primary role, he is solely responsible for arranging the most economic and efficient manner for our equipment to be shipped to the customer’s project site. The Australia order was especially challenging considering multiple shipments across the ocean and the need to time those deliveries to fit the customer’s overall project schedule.
Additionally, this individual is willing to step up to help the company in any way he can. That could include jumping back into production at busy times, volunteering to come to our facility during off hours to help with an incoming shipment delivery or to let the roof repair company in on the weekend or running up to Sam’s to get supplies for an event.
In short, if you ask him to help out with a task, he very willingly says YES.
Congratulations to Mike Tennant – the July Employee of the Month.
This person is a long time , always dependable , employee of FCX Systems who quietly just does their job every day and does it very well.
FCX’s June employee of the month works behind the scenes to help produce the nerve center of our equipment. This person has put their pride into their work and thus into our units for many years now. They are knowledgeable, proficient in their work, and very reliable.
This person is a critical piece of the FCX puzzle, always willing to help in any way they can. Please join me in congratulating the FCX Employee of the Month for June 2018, Kathi Wilson.
As Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer, enjoy your family and friends.
Whether you are working around the house, putting in a garden or just relaxing on the lake or at a barbeque, please remember why we celebrate this holiday – to honor the brave men and women who have given the highest sacrifice for our freedom. Without their heroic commitment and actions, we would not be able to enjoy the many freedoms we have today.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
President Harry S. Truman
You will often find this employee helping others and that is what this person does best. This employee of the month is known for their ability to work through problems, all the while teaching others , and still getting the job done. This person has been with FCX for over a decade now and during that time has worked hard to move up through the ranks and become a very important cog in the FCX machine.
If you know this person at all then you know that if you need assistance then this person is there, answering questions, and using every opportunity to provide training to someone and doing it with patience . If there is a challenge to overcome and a short time to do it, this person is there to help. If this person has an opinion to offer then they will say it but always in a constructive manner.
Please join me in congratulating the March, 2018 FCX Employee of the month, Tim Towns.
FCX Systems was recently awarded a Multi-Year Deliveries and Performance Contract to supply a unique 400-hertz solid-state frequency converter for shipboard installation in USCG Cutters located on the West Coast, Gulf Coast, and East Coast.
We are consistently evolving to provide innovating solutions to our clients. Semper Paratus to all our “Coasties”. We are “Always Ready” to support your mission.
FCX Systems–the world’s leading manufacturer of solid-state frequency converters and ground power support (GSE)–has been awarded the contract to supply 54 270 VDC precision ground power units for the Royal Australian Air Force’s main F-35 base at RAAF Williamtown for the New Air Combat Capability project. The units will be manufactured in Morgantown, W.Va. at FCX headquarters.
This is the second contract awarded to FCX to supply the RAAF with 270 VDC ground power units for the F-35 aircraft.
“It is a great honor to be supplying our equipment to one of America’s greatest allies–Australia,” said Jason Summers, Vice President of Business Development. “It is of the utmost importance to the entire FCX family that the U.S. and its allies have the best possible equipment available for all daily operations.”
The 54 units include 270 VDC output cables and cable reels, along with design and engineering support assistance for the successful implementation of the system. FCX factory trained technicians will provide on-site support for the commissioning and field-testing of the units.
“The specifications of the contract fit well with FCX Systems’ capabilities,” said Craig Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer for FCX Systems, Inc. “Our extensive experience in 270 VDC applications, including supply of 270 VDC ground power to all F-35 final assembly stations for Lockheed Martin, was integral in meeting the requirements of the contract.”
FCX also provides international 270 VDC ground power support in the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan.
Founded in 1987, FCX designs and manufacturers solid-state frequency converters and ground power support for aviation, commercial, military and shore industries around the world. Today, FCX employs 70 personnel and has placed units throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries on all seven continents.
On Thursday, February 8, FCX Systems in Morgantown, WV–the world’s leading manufacturer of solid-state frequency converters, ground power support (GSE) and custom power conversion solutions–celebrated 31 years in business.
Since the anniversary date fell on a weekend–Saturday, February 10–FCX hosted a celebration luncheon at their headquarters with the entire FCX team. During the luncheon, FCX commemorated their 31 years of accomplishments and recognized eight employees who had milestone anniversaries in 2017.
FCX employees who received recognition for their years of service include: Terry Meadows, Judy Sindledecker, and Henry Hamrick with 20 years; James Webb and Tim Towns with 15 years; Brice Shay and Jeff Jessen with 10 years; and Stefanie McMillan with five years.
Everyone at FCX enjoyed their afternoon celebrating another year in the books, showcasing employees, and sharing 31 years of memories.
FCX Systems looks forward to their year ahead, as well as upcoming company events and activities.
“Leading by Example” is a characteristic that defines a successful leader and his or her ability to get results accomplished in a positive and timely manner. When FCX Senior Management was looking for someone to lead our QC Department, they not only felt they needed an individual who could bring a fresh and positive attitude to improve our own product quality, but also someone who could work well with our vendors to help facilitate improvements in the products they build for us. We needed someone who wanted to be part of a solution and not a continued part of a problem. This person had to be a team player who could bring about positive long term change to help FCX reach the next level in providing our customers with the absolute best quality products. By continually demonstrating a “Can Do” attitude, and a “Lead by Example” approach, this individual’s ability to obtain positive results is a credit to his success. It is my pleasure to announce Rick West as FCX’s December Employee of the Month.