Presidential Helicopter to Be Made in Chester County

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    Marine One helicopter, with President Barack Obama aboard, right, lands in Prospect Park in Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, as he arrives to visit Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH). (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Sikorsky Aircraft has bought a Coatesville, Pa., campus for $17.9 million, and will be assembling the next fleet of the presidential "Marine One" helicopters at the Chester County facility.

    The company bought the 28-property site at 10 E. Steward Huston Drive from a partnership that included Mallard Creek Capital Partners of Charlotte, N.C. The acquisition included a 214,000-square-foot building known as the Heliplex, and the land it sits upon, said Paul Jackson, a spokesman for the company.

    The company bought the property to increase production capacity for its new S-76D helicopter and the S-92 helicopter, Jackson said. Both aircraft currently have strong backlogs as they perform high-demand missions including transporting oil workers to and from offshore drilling rigs, as well as search and rescue missions, he said. A version of the S-92 is also used as the presidential helicopter. Read more about this story on PBJ.com.

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