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Bell Helicopter opens new composites facility in Louisiana

News International-French

2 Apr 2014

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing its newly-constructed composite facility in Broussard, LA.

The new facility represents a $4.5 million investment by Bell Helicopter and was achieved through collaboration with the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA).

"At Bell Helicopter, we are committed to providing exceptional value throughout the aircraft’s lifecycle,” said Eric Cardinali, executive vice president, Bell Helicopter Customer Support and Services. “To do this, we need to have the right talent and resources in place to meet our customer’s aftermarket requirements and to accommodate the future growth and capabilities we consider to be core to our customer support and services offerings.”

The new 28,000 sq. ft. facility was specifically designed for Bell Helicopter’s composite manufacturing capabilities, which include manufacturing new composite panels, as well as repair and overhaul of existing panels for much of Bell Helicopter’s current and legacy fleet. The company implemented lean manufacturing processes throughout the facility to improve efficiencies and reduce lead times.

About Bell Helicopter:
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.:
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems.