Mission & History
As one of the nation’s most diverse low-volume, high-reliability production facilities, the Kansas City Plant is at the heart of the NNSA nuclear security organization. We provide high-tech production services to government agencies with high-quality requirements.
Traditionally, we take product requirements from the NNSA and designs from the national laboratories, procure supplies as needed, and produce quality components and systems for other nuclear security enterprise sites and the military. These capabilities also form the basis for our work-for-others program, which provides services, products, and systems for homeland security, the Department of Defense and other government agencies.
For more than half a century, Honeywell and its predecessors have manufactured some of the NNSA’s most intricate and technically demanding products at the Kansas City Plant. Although our corporate name has changed over the past 60 years, our commitment to the NNSA has remained steadfast.
History of Kansas City Plant in Missouri
Established in 1949, the Kansas City Plant comprises the largest portion of the Bannister Federal Complex in south Kansas City, MO. The facility, built by the Navy during World War II to assemble engines for Navy fighter planes, was operated by Pratt-Whitney from early 1943 until Sept. 2, 1945, and produced the famous "Double Wasp" engines for the Navy.
In February of 1949 the Atomic Energy Commission asked the Bendix Corporation to manage the facility and build nonnuclear components for nuclear weapons. Over the past 60 years, the products manufactured at the Kansas City Plant have become smaller and much more complex. The facility has evolved into a high-tech research production facility that specializes in science-based manufacturing.
History of New Mexico Operations
Kirtland Operations in New Mexico was founded in 1964 as part of the U.S. atmospheric nuclear testing readiness program. Congress established the "Future Off Continent Program," which directed the Atomic Energy Commission, the predecessor to the Department of Energy, to maintain the capability to resume atmospheric testing in the event that the Soviet Union ever resumed testing nuclear weapons above ground.
Our employees maintained and operated highly sophisticated atmospheric monitoring and photographic equipment on board specially modified airplanes stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. As the scope of work expanded, Kirtland Operations has become involved in cutting-edge research for the NNSA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.