U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger, Fort Worth Mayor Michael Moncrief and more than 100 other guests and Sikorsky employees attended the dedication ceremony at the 25,000-square-foot facility located at 4800 Overton Plaza.
"The Fort Worth System Integration Center is an important component of Sikorsky's overall strategic growth plan," said Jeffrey Pino, Sikorsky president. "Today, Sikorsky Aircraft proudly joins the rich and pre-eminent aerospace tradition here in Fort Worth. This culture of aviation excellence will help us to deliver both immediate and long-lasting contributions to some of Sikorsky's and the aerospace industry's most exciting development programs."
Sikorsky's current production programs include the BLACK HAWK and Naval HAWKTM helicopters for the U.S. government and international customers, and the S-76® and S-92® helicopters for commercial customers. Development programs include the CH-53K for the U.S. Marine Corps, the CH-148 Cyclone for the Canadian Maritime program, the new S-76DTM helicopter, BLACK HAWK and Naval Hawk upgrades, and the X2 TECHNOLOGYTM demonstrator.
Mark Miller, Sikorsky vice president, engineering, said the Fort Worth System Integration Center will complement the Sikorsky Dynamic Systems and Avionics Integration design teams. "Initially, the work completed at this facility will directly support the CH-53K heavy-lift program, but in the broader sense, this center will enhance and support Sikorsky's future growth needs beyond that program," Miller said.
Approximately 100 experienced aerospace professionals drawn mostly from the Fort Worth-Dallas area will staff the center to conduct dynamic systems design work and avionics integration.
Sikorsky hired nearly 600 new engineers in 2006 for its Connecticut and Florida operations and is preparing to dedicate new engineering centers in Huntsville, Ala., and Bozeman, Mont. The company also has opened engineering design centers staffed by third-party engineering service providers in Indiana and Kentucky.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service, is dedicated to the mission statement that, "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home, everywhere... every timeTM." United Technologies Corp., of Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.