The end of the Cold War brought freedom to Eastern Europe, but it nearly smothered the life out of PZL-Krosno. When the Soviet Union disintegrated, 90% of orders at the Polish landing gear manufacturer vanished overnight. Annual sales fell below $1 million and the government-owned company shrunk to a skeletal staff of 130, down from a Cold War high of 2,000. Today, the Polish facility has a new lease on life as an important link in the Western aerospace and defense (A&D) supply chain. ...


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