Presidential Helicopter to Be Made in Chester County

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

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