AB139 Production Facility Should Boost Local Economy, Create
ground Tuesday on an expansion of its US subsidiary manufacturing
facility, Agusta aerospace corporation (AAC), in Philadelphia, PA.
The new, state-of-the-art facility will be used for the production
of the AB139 helicopter.
"Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland are an integral part of the US
industrial base and strong contributors to the American economy,"
said Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, president and CEO of
Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland's parent company. "We are committed to
investing in this country. Our goal is to continue growing,
bringing new technology and creating more American jobs in the
years to come."
According to the company, the 110,000 square foot facility will
include flight hangars, completion and final assembly areas,
manufacturing stations and avionics assembly along with warehouse
and office space. The project will require over $27 million in
investment and create 150 jobs -- nearly doubling AAC's existing
"Today is a very proud day for AgustaWestland and Agusta
aerospace corporation," said Giuseppe Orsi, CEO of AgustaWestland.
"The expansion of AAC exemplifies the success and subsequent high
demand for our AB139 and marks our commitment to the United States
industrial base and continued investment in the city of
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania."
Nearly 150 orders for the midsize twin-turbine AB139 (file photo
of type, above) have been placed for a wide range of roles,
including offshore transport, search and rescue, corporate and VIP
transport, law enforcement and medical evacuation.
The AB139 is the best-selling helicopter in its class, according