The facility was once home to Quartz Mountain Aerospace. After receiving millions of tax credits from the state, the company laid off most of its 150-member workforce in late 2008 and filed for bankruptcy in October of 2009. Remnants of the company were auctioned off in 2010. The company's demise was a blow to the Altus community.
Friday's announcement brings the potential for a new beginning.
“This facility is one that has had its ups and downs, and mostly downs,” Inhofe said. “Now that it's all cleaned up and ready to go, it exactly fits the needs of Sikorsky.”
Sikorsky operates on five continents and employs 18,000 people worldwide. The Altus academy will be the company's first venture into Oklahoma.
Since 1978, Sikorsky has delivered more than 3,700 Black Hawks to more than 25 countries, and the aircraft are used for missions including border protection, supporting the war against terrorism, humanitarian relief and the war on drugs. Sikorsky recently signed a five-year contract to provide hundreds more of the helicopters to the U.S. Army, Jackson said.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.