Switzerland-based helicopter manufacturing company to lease former Bell Helicopter space

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LAFAYETTE, La.- Switzerland-based helicopter maker will assemble its new SH09 helicopter in Lafayette.

The executives announced Kopter’s selection of Louisiana in Atlanta, where 18,000 industry professionals and 700 exhibitors are taking part in the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office said today. 

In Louisiana, the Kopter Production and Product Support Center will deliver SH09 models throughout the Western Hemisphere and source parts representing at least 50 percent of aircraft value from U.S. suppliers.

Kopter will lease an 84,700-square-foot facility from the Lafayette Regional Airport, which owns the state-of-the-art helicopter assembly building on airport property beside the Evangeline Thruway.

Kopter will create 120 new direct jobs in Lafayette with an average annual salary of $55,000, plus benefits.

Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in another 157 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 275 new jobs in Acadiana.

The company plans to make a $4.2 million capital investment in new equipment and building additions at the Lafayette site.

Read the full announcement here

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