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Monday, January 1, 2007

COMPANY PROFILE: Edwards & Associates, Inc.

Edwards & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1977, focusing on refurbishment and sales of used helicopters. Edwards expanded into international markets, built a larger facility, and earned certification as an FAA Repair Station and Bell-approved Customer Service Facility.

In 1999, Bell Helicopter and Textron purchased Edwards and its subsidiary companies. When these companies were acquired, Bell’s CEO was optimistic about the future, stating, "Bringing the manufacture and sale of customization kits and accessories in house allows Bell to offer these products and services directly to our customers."

Since the acquisition, Edwards has maintained its identity and continues to expand and gain market share; its revenues have increased fivefold and the number of its employees has more than doubled.

Edwards is a Bell-owned Customer Service Facility, and is approved for Bell 205, 212, 412, 206B, 206L Series, 407, OH-58, 222, 230 and 430 helicopters.

Edwards Completion Center customizes more than 65 new Bells a year, making it the largest helicopter completion center in the United States and a major distributor of Bell Helicopters. This will further increase in 2007, when an Edwards’ subsidiary begins production and delivery of the new Bell 210.

Edwards is an FAA and Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) Certified Repair Station for a variety of airframes from many major manufacturers, and holds similar certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency. In addition, Edwards is a service center for Sikorsky Aircraft and Schweizer Aircraft, a vendor for Sikorsky and AgustaWestland, and provides maintenance for Eurocopter, Hughes/McDonnell Douglas, and others.

Another Edward’s subsidiary, Rotor Blades, Inc., specializes in the repair, maintenance, and overhaul of helicopter rotor blades for Bell and other manufacturers. Edwards will move to a new facility on 34 acres in Piney Flats, Tenn. during 2007. Its five buildings will include a Bell 210 assembly line, a maintenance hanger, a completion hanger, a paint shop, and an administrative building. At 140,000 sq ft, the new facility is 250 percent larger than the current one.

Contact:

Edwards & Associates, Inc.

P.O. Box 3689

Bristol, Tenn. 37625

800-251-7094

423-538-5111

Fax: 423-538-8469

www.edwards-assoc.com

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