The news is out! Mollis, Switzerland-based helicopter manufacturer, Kopter, will be expanding their operations into Lafayette, LA inside of the 84,000 square-foot production facility off Hwy 90—formerly Bell Helicopter.
The Lafayette production facility for Kopter will serve as the U.S. headquarters for final assembly & customization of their SH09 model aircraft. The company will bring around 120 jobs to the area by the year 2025, once production of their aircraft reach 100 units per year.
Lafayette was chosen as the best fit out of a list of 38 other possibilities. How cool is that? Here is a quote from Kopter Group CEO, Andreas Löwenstein —
“Louisiana was by far the most attractive place,” he said. “All in all the attitude of the authorities, the facility, the localization, the access… In the equation, Louisiana was getting out the clear winner.”
For more on this development, see verticalmag.com.
Below are photos courtesy of Kopter’s Facebook page, facebook.com/KopterGroup.