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Friday, September 26, 2008

Turbomeca Hosts Opening of Monroe Facility

On Sept, 25, 2008, Turbomeca manufacturing, part of Paris-based SAFRAN Group, hosted the official grand opening of its new facility in the city of Monroe, a suburb of Charlotte, N.C. The 100,000 sq ft plant was built to produce turbine parts for Ariel-1 and Ariel-2 helicopter engines.  The Ariel 1E2 powers the Army’s new, twin-engine, UH-72A light utility helicopter, of which 322 have been ordered. The plant began limited operations in July with 70 employees, and plans to add 110 more by 2010. “Our goal is to become ever-closer to our customers by building American engines, with American components, for our American customers,” said Jim Bufton, operations director of Turbomeca manufacturing.  “This site will enable us to increase the U.S. content of our engines.” For related news
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