Salt Lake-based Eaton-Kenway Inc. has been awarded a $13.4 million contract to construct an automated material handling system for the U.S. Army Depot Systems Command in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The contract is for an automated storage and retrieval system for helicopter assemblies and parts for the largest rotary-wing repair and maintenance facility in the world.The military intends to have 10 of the automated systems at its service depots, said company spokesman Don Ness. Of the five contracts issued to date, he said, all have been awarded to Eaton-Kenway, a subsidiary of Eaton Corp., Cleveland, Ohio.

The latest system will include the use of two storage and retrieval vehicles handling pallets weighing up to 2,500 pounds, three vehicles for storing smaller parts up to 750 pounds, and 20 automated vehicles that will transport material to one of five hangers where helicopters are serviced, he said.

The 90-foot-high facility will be built 100 yards from the Gulf of Mexico. It will be raised 18 inches above the ground to protect its electrical systems from water damage, Ness said. It also will be built to withstand hurricane-force winds.