75°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7 Day Forecast
Follow our weather team on social media

Assembly of Bell Helicopter Jet Ranger X leaving Louisiana

10 months 3 days 17 hours ago May 20, 2016 May 20, 2016 Friday, May 20 2016 May 20, 2016 8:37 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow
Image: Aviation Times

LAFAYETTE - Bell Helicopter says it will assemble its 505 Jet Ranger X in Canada, and abandon plans to build the new-model aircraft at a $26.3 million Lafayette facility.

Louisiana financed the facility and was promised 115 jobs.

Bell CEO and President Mitch Snyder said in a conference call Thursday an undetermined number of employees at the Lafayette plant will handle some of the cabin assembly for Bell's 505 Relentless helicopter, work that is being transferred from a plant in Amarillo, Texas.

Snyder said the Lafayette plant also will handle modifications to the Northrop Gruman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle, a Bell project that is being moved from the company's facility in Ozark, Alabama.

Snyder said the company's decision to change directions was driven by a severe downturn worldwide in the demand for commercial aircraft.

More News

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Radar
7 Days