Bell Helicopter commences new global headquarters
Bell Helicopter has started construction on its new global headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Governor Rick Perry, US Congresswoman Kay Granger, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Mayor Betsy Price joined John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, to commemorate the occasion at a groundbreaking ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s headquarters in Fort Worth.
Bell Helicopter plans to invest $230 million in the new and upgraded facilities.
“Bell Helicopter has long been an important and valuable member of the Texas aerospace and aviation community, and we’re excited they have recommitted to keeping Texas the home of this dynamic and enduring endeavor,” Texas Governor Rick Perry said. “Texas’ commitment to our strong, conservative fiscal principles, like low taxes, reasonable regulations, fair courts and a skilled workforce, keep companies like Bell Helicopter healthy and happy, and continue to attract employers and individuals alike to the Lone Star State.”
US Congresswoman Kay Granger said “These investments reflect Bell Helicopter’s commitment to the community, and mirror their commitment to the customers they serve – the men and women of the armed forces and first responders around the globe.”
“I applaud Bell Helicopter’s commitment to the State of Texas and their leading role in the aviation and aerospace industry,” said Lt. Governor Dewhurst. “Their combination of research and development, engineering, manufacturing and assembly operations is exactly the kind of work we need to keep Texas at the forefront of aerospace technology and keep our economy growing.”
“I appreciate Bell Helicopter’s commitment to our community. The revitalization of Northeast Tarrant County, Fort Worth and the mid-cities is absolutely essential and they are playing a key role in transforming this region,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley of the company’s investments along the State Highway 10 Corridor.
“Bell Helicopter is a large part of the rich legacy of the aerospace and defense industry in Fort Worth. I am proud to have Bell Helicopter headquartered in Fort Worth and honored that the city is a partner in these vital investments,” commented Mayor Price.
Bell Helicopter’s future headquarters will be home to administration, support functions, programme offices, a customer centre and an integrated training facility. The Bell Helicopter training facility, currently located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, is moving to the new global headquarters to bring Bell Helicopter’s products closer to its people.
“Expanding our global headquarters in Fort Worth is a smart approach that makes sense as a business and a neighbor in the community. This is an investment in our future that enables us to become a stronger global competitor while providing our employees with a better, safer, more comfortable work environment,” John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter concluded.