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Bell Helicopter announces new assembly facility

Texas-based Bell Helicopter says it is building a helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette to assemble the company's new line of SLS - Short Light Single - helicopters.
The project will bring the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility to Lafayette Regional Airport.
Bell Helicopter will lease space for its operation in a new $26.3 million, 82,300-square-foot hangar facility at the airport that's being funded by the state but owned by Lafayette Regional Airport. The facility will be built on a 14.5-acre site that's located next to U.S. Highway 90.
The Times-Picayune reports construction will begin in the first half of 2014.
The project is expected to create 115 new jobs with average annual salaries of more than $55,000 plus benefits, and invest $11.4 million in equipment and tooling.

Photo courtesy http://www.robinsonheli.com/rhc_police_helicopter.html

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