NORDAM sues Cessna over custom cabinetry contractTULSA, OK —

Custom woodworker and aerospace component supplier NORDAM Group filed a lawsuit against Cessna Aircraft Co. last month, alleging breach of contract.

NORDAM claims Cessna’s attempt to transfer to a competitor its intellectual property for the CJ4 jet interior cabinetry will result in more than $30 million in damages to the Tulsa, OK-based company.

U.S. Chief District Judge Claire Eagan has set a hearing for May 5 on NORDAM’s preliminary injunction.

The suit was filed April 21 in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. The previous month, Cessna had informed NORDAM that the CJ4 cabinetry portion of their agreement had been “shopped around” — NORDAM would lose the business to a competitor unless it lowered its prices by 20 percent.

NORDAM has been working with Cessna on the CJ4 executive cabinetry since 2007. The set consists of a refreshment center, lavatory, closets, aft dividers and bulkheads, armrests, side ledges and tables. The cabinetry is manufactured in NORDAM’s 120,000-square-foot facility in Wichita, KS.

NORDAM employs more than 2,000 people and has nine facilities in three continents. In addition to manufacturing the custom cabinetry, NORDAM designs, certifies and manufactures integrated propulsion systems, nacelles and thrust reversers for business jets and manufactures aircraft transparencies, including cabin windows, wing-tip lenses and simulator screens.

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