RIX Industries to Provide Low Pressure Air Plants for US Navy’s Ford and Nimitz Carriers

RIX Industries has secured contracts to deliver low pressure air plants for the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered Ford and Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.

Valued at more than $12MUSD, these contracts were awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center in order to support the new construction of Ford-class carriers and Navy Refueling and Complex Overhauls (RCOH) of CVN-73 in 2018 and CVN-74 in 2020. The scope of the award to RIX Industries includes orders for up to 20 MARC-350A units.

RIX IndustriesRIX Industries’ Director of Navy Programs, Jerry Stultz,  commented, “We are pleased to have been awarded these important naval defense contracts, which reflect our long-standing relationships and continued support of these critical U.S. naval defense platforms. Since the inception of nuclear powered ships, RIX Industries commitment to providing the most advanced and reliable technologies has ensured our continued participation in these significant defense programs, which continue to receive strong Congressional support.”

Work on the project is being carried out at RIX Industries facilities in Benicia, California,  space that supports the DOD division within the Navy/GSE segment. “Our innovative products and reliable solutions support the U.S. Navy’s cost and delivery targets, while reinforcing the fleet readiness commitments for both platforms,” says Stultz. RIX Industries has already begun various engineering and manufacturing contracts that will continue through 2025.

RIX Industries previously received orders with a combined value of more than $80MUSD to supply the world’s most advanced high-pressure compressors for Virginia-class submarines and Ford-class carriers.


RIX Industries manufactures a wide range of reciprocating piston compressors and generators for industrial gases and breathing air. RIX has been in business since 1878 and has been proudly serving our US Armed Forces for over 120 years. With a solid industry reputation that is second to none, RIX is the established leader in engineering and manufacturing of American-made compressors.

A company built on trust, experience, and a growing client base of over 80% repeat customers, RIX is dedicated to making clients for life, both domestically and globally. RIX Industries’ compressors and generators are used by an extensive list of customers within industrial gas companies, refineries and chemical plants, offshore oil platforms, commercial diving operations, SCUBA tank filling stations, and Government Agencies, all of which increase RIX’s global role in strategic deterrence, homeland defense, and economic security.

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