Posted: Dec 11, 2013 2:07 AM
Updated: Dec 11, 2013 2:07 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) 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 (http://bit.ly/18AvT4d ) 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.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com