Approximately, 5,000 employees attended the unveiling and applauded as Sikorsky President Jeffrey P. Pino welcomed OCC's Paul Teutul Sr., who rode the motorcycle down a stanchion-lined aisle leading to a stage, and then addressed the crowd. "This was a fantastic build," Tuetul said. "Sikorsky builds great products that support our troops and save lives. This bike pays tribute to that mission and the employees who build these products."
"This is a great motorcycle, but it's more than that," said Pino. "It symbolizes both our dedication to technology and the innovative people at Sikorsky who develop, produce and service that technology. Whenever other people see or hear about this bike, they will think about Sikorsky as a dynamic and creative enterprise. "
He added, "The bike also represents our U.S. government customer, with special military coins included in the design, and will play a highly visible role in our community support. At Sikorsky, we are committed to the advancement of employees, customers, shareholders, and our communities, all in equal measure and all supporting one another."
Sikorsky commissioned the motorcycle design and production in April. To research potential designs, an OCC crew visited Sikorsky on May 9 and toured the facility, including the preserved office of company founder Igor Sikorsky. The motorcycle will now appear in a variety of charitable and other settings including at Sikorsky's annual Motorcycle Ride and Classic Car Show, which is part of the company's Community Giving Campaign. The event is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the company's Stratford location. OCC crew members will attend the event, which is open to the public.
The Learning Channel, or TLC, which airs the popular American Chopper TV reality series, will broadcast an episode featuring the Sikorsky motorcycle this fall. The series chronicles the lives of the OCC crew as they battle deadlines to create the custom choppers. The show, which has contributed to the company's quick rise to fame, debuted in September 2002 on the Discovery Channel and in 2007 on TLC, which is the Discovery Channel's sister station.
OCC started as a sideline to the Teutul family's steel manufacturing business, which was founded in the 1970s. In the late 1990s, Paul Teutul Sr. began building custom motorcycles as a hobby, and in 1999 he and his son Paul Jr. founded Orange County Choppers. Their first bike, "True Blue," debuted at the 1999 Daytona Biketoberfest. Now headquartered in Newburgh, N.Y., OCC is regarded as one of the world's premier builders of custom motorcycles.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. The company's long commitment to safety and innovation is reflected in its mission statement: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every timeTM." United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.