The Troy facility currently has about 240 employees involved in manufacturing H-60 helicopter tail cones and cabins for the U.S. Navy. Most of the new 250 openings are for riveters and assemblers.
Sikorsky made the announcement at the Troy facility before an audience of more than 200 employees, federal and state officials, and other guests.
"This decision by Sikorsky to expand its operations in Troy further cements a successful partnership between the company and the state that is growing jobs and improving the quality of life for many of our citizens," said Alabama Gov. Bob Riley.
Congressman Terry Everett, R-Ala., said: "Sikorsky Aircraft is an industry leader in the production of America's go-to-war aircraft, providing workhorse helicopters for all the branches of our nation's military and the defense programs of many foreign countries. Sikorsky sets the standard in military aviation and for nearly two decades Sikorsky has made Troy one of its prime hubs for military helicopter work. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am pleased to support Sikorsky's transition of its helicopter operations in Pike County from repair work to new production of a number of aircraft, including the MH-60R Navy Seahawk helicopter. I am not surprised that Sikorsky chose to initiate its new production efforts here in Alabama where we have a solid workforce trained in aviation. I welcome the news of the doubling of Sikorsky's Pike County employment to 500 in the coming months. Sikorsky is a good neighbor and employer in Pike County and a vital partner with our armed forces in keeping the peace."
Sikorsky will begin its recruitment activities immediately via the company's employment Web site and augment the effort with local advertising and other hiring events in upcoming weeks.
The Troy expansion is part of Sikorsky's overall plan to increase capacity and expand the supply chain in order to meet growing demand for its entire line of military, commercial aircraft, and aftermarket products and services.
Members of the Alabama delegation offered congratulations to Troy and Sikorsky.
"The expansion of this facility will bring significant job growth to the area and reinforce Troy's diverse defense industrial base," said U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala. "This is a clear indication of Alabama's ability to provide a strong and educated workforce for the state's industrial partners. I am proud that Alabama has such a strong partner in Sikorsky."
"This is great news for Alabama," said U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. "With these plans, the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation facility in Troy, led by Mike Spears and his team, will double in size, offering new opportunities to Alabamians. Sikorsky is a world-class company supporting our troops on missions world-wide, and I am delighted that we in Alabama call them 'our neighbor.' "
Within the past year, Sikorsky has hired nearly 600 new engineers for its Connecticut and Florida operations, hired 50 hourly employees in Florida, opened a new engineering center in Huntsville, Ala., and announced plans to open another engineering center in Fort Worth, Texas in 2007. The company has also opened engineering design centers staffed by third-party engineering service providers in Indiana, Kentucky and Montana.
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