The new 14,000 sq. ft. assembly center is tangible evidence of Sikorsky's commitment to its Lean Manufacturing principles and Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) programs, which encourage employees to work smarter and more efficiently. This method of working reduces inventory, adds value to the supply chain and ensures that Sikorsky helicopters are affordable to our government and commercial customers. What was previously a storage space stockpiling excess inventory is now a state-of-the-art assembly facility, created solely by more effectively utilizing existing square footage.
"What you see here today is one very important milestone in our effort to double output by 2008. The S-92 and S-76 are uniquely positioned to capture market share in the growing U.S. and international helicopter segments. On the heels of winning the Canadian MHP program, we are gearing up in preparation for some significant contracts-including the VXX Presidential helicopter-- slated to be awarded later this year," said Bud Grebey, Vice President of Communications and Marketing.
As the production of the S-92 ramps up, the area will be expanded to encompass more than 40,000 sq. ft. At full capacity, more than 100 employees will be working full shifts in the area, with six aircraft in flow at any given time. Total output is slated for 40 helicopters by the close of 2005.
Sikorsky is also undergoing an external facelift, launching an intense effort to improve the company's factory and office floor layouts, facilities and grounds. Some of the changes that will soon appear include painting the exterior west side of the building red, painting Old Engineering white, installing decorative fencing and constructing a new roof facade. New Sikorsky and Winged-S signage will be installed to face Route 110.
"Sikorsky is building for the future. The changes taking place here today and across the entire enterprise demonstrates our commitment to our employees and to the community," said Dave Galuska, Vice President of Production Operations. "Connecticut is our home."
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses. Sikorsky helicopters occupy a prominent position in the intermediate to heavy range of 5,300 kg. to 33,000 kg. gross weight. They are flown by all five branches of the United States armed forces, along with military services and commercial operators in more than 40 nations.
Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.