Eric Wollerman will become Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies effective April 30, the manager of the Kansas City National Security Campus announced.
At the end of the month, the buck will stop with Wollerman at the Department of Energy-owned manufacturing hub, which produces the non-nuclear parts of nuclear weapons. The company’s contract, awarded in 2015, has options that would keep the wholly owned subsidiary on the job through September 2025.
Wollerman is coming over from Honeywell’s aerospace division, where he has worked for the past 10 years, according to a press release dated April 2.
Wollerman succeeds John Ricciardelli, Kansas City’s president for the past four years, Honeywell said.
Honeywell did not say why Ricciardelli is leaving his post at Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (F&MT), or where his next assignment might be.
The Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) had a rough 2019, as reflected in the company’s most recent performance evaluation. In the evaluation, DoE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said F&MT did not do a good job supporting changes to the B61-12 and W88 Alt-370 refurbishment programs, which have been delayed almost two years each because of issues with electrical components.
In 2019, the NNSA said commercial capacitors could not be used in either the B61-12 gravity bomb or the W88 Alt-370 submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, which are being refurbished to serve another three decades in the field. Kansas City and Sandia National Laboratories are now working on custom capacitors for the weapons.
The issues with B61-12 and W88 Alt-370 have also caused delays to the Air Force’s ICBM Fuze Replacement program, which aims to replace the fuses that sets off nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile warheads. The fuses would also be made at Kansas City and designed by Sandia and the Air Force.