News Listings for Amarillo International

  • Amarillo site for H-1 line, Bell confirms

    News | 10 Dec 2003 00:00

    <p>Bell Helicopter is expanding its assembly plant at Amarillo International Airport, Texas, to accommodate the H-1 assembly line, the company has confirmed. </p> <p>Chief executive Michael Redenbaugh announced that the Fort Worth-based manufacturer is adding 113,300ft2 (10,500m2) to its existing operation. </p> <p>Bell's Amarillo facility has been the assembly and delivery centre for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor programme since 1999. </p> <p>The H-1 Programme is a major upgrade to remanufacture the US Marine Corps' fleet of AH-1W SuperCobra and UH-1N utility helicopters to a configuration featuring common engines and flight dynamics. The programme involves 100 UH-1N and 180 AH-1W SuperCobra helicopters. The AH-1W will be redesignated as the AH-1Z and the UH-1N will become the UH-1Y. </p> <p>Bell says construction of the assembly building is expected to be completed by October 2004.</p>
  • Bell plans to assemble tiltrotor at Amarillo site

    News | 12 Aug 1998 00:00

    <p>After evaluating 1,200 locations across the USA, and shortlisting eight sites, all in its home state of Texas, Bell Helicopter Textron is to build its new tiltrotor assembly centre in Amarillo. </p> <p>The plant will assemble both the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey military tiltrotor transport and the Bell 609 six/nine-seat civil tiltrotor. </p> <p>The $40 million plant, at Amarillo International Airport, is scheduled for occupancy in 1999. Bell predicts tiltrotor production will peak at up to 100 military and civil aircraft a year, and employment numbers at Amarillo are forecast to reach 1,200 by 2004. </p> <p>Bell also has announced plans to invest $300 million in new equipment and facilities at its existing plants in the Fort Worth area to support tiltrotor production. A "centre of excellence" in composites manufacturing technology will be established at Bell's main plant, and the precision gear machining centre in neighbouring Grand Prairie will be expanded. Bell will manufacture co
  • Bell to assemble tilt-rotors in Amarillo

    News | 03 Aug 1998 20:53 | Chris Kjelgaard

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>The Texas city of Amarillo has emerged as the top bidder of incentives to induce Bell Helicopter Textron to site the final assembly line for its military and civil tilt-rotor aircraft.</P> <P>Bell Helicopter has decided to build its new Tiltrotor Assembly Center at Amarillo's airport after eight months of research that saw it study 1,200 locations before narrowing the selection to eight sites in Texas. The company will assemble both the military V-22 Osprey and the commercial Bell 609 tilt-rotor aircraft at the new plant.</P> <P>Notes Bell president and CEO Terry Stinson: "This will be the first major aircraft manufacturing facility to be built in Texas in decades."</P> <P>The leader of the site selection team, Bell's executive vice president of operations P D Shabay, says that although each of the eight finalist locations "provided excellent proposals, Amarillo provided the best value for our customers as well as Textron shareholders".</P