Local and state officials celebrate construction of Bell Helicopter's facility at airport

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Bell Helicopter's new project at Lafayette Regional Airport expected to bring over 250 jobs to Acadiana

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 7:53am

There are major changes at Lafayette Regional Airport right now.  Today Governor Jindal, along with parish officials, celebrated the commencement of the construction of Bell Helicopter's facility at the airport.  Bell Helicopter will assemble it's newest commercial helicopter that will create countless employment opportunities for the people of Acadiana.  The project is funded by the state and the company plans to invest $11.4 million in equipment and tooling.

"Today's construction means not only over sixty construction jobs, but ultimately 250 permanent jobs, more than 250 permanent jobs.  That means 250 families able to pay their bills right here in Louisiana, that means 250 families that are going to raise their kids right here in Louisiana, and whether you work for Bell or not all of us are benefiting," says Governor Bobby Jindal.

The new 83,000 square-foot facility will be built on a 14.5-acre site at the airport.  Bell Helicopter expects to begin hiring employees for the new facility by 2015, and assembly operations are expected to start by 2016.

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