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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Come Together: Bell Integrates Six Subs

Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter Textron has consolidated six support and service divisions under its corporate brand. Five former subsidiaries now fall under the Bell Helicopter banner: Edwards & Associates of Piney Flats, Tenn., Louisiana-based Rotor Blades (Broussard) and Acadian Composites (Lafayette), Bell Aerospace Services (Bedford, Texas) and Ozark, Ala.-based U.S. Helicopter. Bell will continue to offer parts and accessories using the brand of the sixth company affected by the action—Aeronautical Accessories, also of Piney Flats.

Bell President & CEO John Garrison notes that integrating the subsidiaries “allows us to offer our customers a more complete support and service solution—from the time they buy a new Bell Helicopter to the time they retire their fleet.” Other Bell affiliates Edwards Rotorcraft Solutions of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Corpus Christi, Texas-based McTurbine and SkyBOOKS (Jacksonville, Fla.) are not part of the integration effort.

The international Bell network of service and support locations now encompasses 13 locations, employing more than 1,700 people. The business sector contributes more than a third of the company’s annual revenue, according to Bell.

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