Bell He­li­copter’s new com­pos­ite fa­cil­ity


Bell He­li­copter, a Tex­tron Inc. com­pany, an­nounced its new­ly­con­structed com­pos­ite fa­cil­ity in Broussard, Louisiana. 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.

“We were pleased to work with the Louisiana Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Author­ity on this project,” said Car­di­nali. “LEDA was very in­volved, and we ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port and col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity to be here to­day and to share in the grand open­ing of Bell He­li­copter’s new com­pos­ite build­ing in Broussard,” said Gregg Gothreaux, Pres­i­dent & CEO, LEDA. “This is the re­sult of a team ef­fort on the part of Bell He­li­copter, LEDA, and the Lafayette and Aca­di­ana parishes and their com­mit­ment to growth in the re­gion.”

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