LONDON – Construction work has begun on Bell Helicopter’s new plant in Lafayette, Louisiana, which will build the company’s new-generation Model 505 JetRanger X light utility helicopter. Groundbreaking on the new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport took place on Aug. 27. Once complete, the $26.3 million, 82,300-ft. plant will employ 115 workers who are due to begin assembling the new turbine helicopter in 2016 following factory and aircraft certification. Bell is leasing ...

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