Sikorsky Aerospace Services Will Not Build Helicopter Training Center in Altus

Published 09/18 2013 04:14PM

Updated 09/18 2013 06:25PM

The Altus economy has taken a major hit, with the sudden announcement that Sikorsky Aerospace Services will not build its new helicopter training center there as announced last year, and reaffirmed as recently as June.

Last October, Sikorsky announced it would open a state of the art training center for all its national and international military training customers in the empty Quartz Mountain Aerospace Plant.

In late June, a Sikorsky official announced from the Paris Air Show the facility would open in September, then a ribbon cutting ceremony set for September 6 was postponed.

The announcement last year of the new facility was made by Senator Jim Inhofe in Altus.

Inhofe's office released a statement in response to the withdrawal of Sikorsky in which the senator said he was told only a week ago Sikorsky was working with project managers on complications in the multimillion dollar contract.

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