Keystone Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility

COATESVILLE, Penn., March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KeystoneHelicopter, a leader in the rotorcraft industry for more than 50 years, is preparing to move into the newest addition to The Heliplex(TM).

Keystone recently received its certificate of occupancy from Sadsbury Township, for the second phase of the The Heliplex. "It is so exciting to finally open the doors of this beautiful facility to our employees and our customers," said Bob Ferrucci, Vice President of Quality and Project Manager for expansion of the Heliplex. Nearly 250 employees occupy the existing 55,000 square feet. The new building is adding more than 75,000 square feet of hangar, office and shop space. The remaining 250 employees who currently occupy the West Chester, Penn., facility will move to the newly expanded facility in Coatesville over the next year.

"We designed the facility from the customers' perspective, investing heavily in new shop capabilities and making sure the layouts would be more conducive to efficient, timely work flows. Our ISO-9000 initiatives and Kaizen innovations have helped along the way. We have room on this new site to grow in place literally for decades to come," said Dave Ford, President of Keystone Helicopter.

Keystone Helicopter will break ground in late spring for the next phase of expansion that includes a 30,000-square-foot building that will house three new state-of-the-art paint booths.

About Keystone Helicopter

Keystone Helicopter is a full-service maintenance and completion center anchored by the Heliplex, a new, state-of-the-art technical services depot in Coatesville, Penn. Keystone is a factory-authorized service center for Bell, Eurocopter, MD Helicopter, Rolls Royce, Turbomeca, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky products. Keystone was acquired by Sikorsky Aircraft in 2005.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky Aircraft is asubsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), based in Hartford, Conn. UTC provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services tothe aerospace and building systems industries.

SOURCE Keystone Helicopter

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