U.S. Helicopter 100th Aircraft Ceremony

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Bell Helicopter in Ozark had a huge celebration Thursday. The company has given the state department their 100th helicopter.

The Huey 2's will be used for the DOS Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement to keep drugs and crime out of America.

President of Bell Helicopter Mike Prieto said, “I’m so glad to have the opportunity to help with their mission.”

Bell Helicopter bought U.S. Helicopter a year ago this week. They also celebrated Thursday the speedy delivery of 10 Huey helicopters to Afghanistan in support of the Department of State's drug efforts.

“They are a significant customer and I’m proud of my company and where we're going in the future,” said Prieto.

Bell Helicopter has already increased employment by 100 percent with plans to quadruple that number.

There will soon be a groundbreaking ceremony for a three phase company expansion with another facility to follow.

“Means lots of jobs to Ozark; excited, delighted and do everything to keep them happy, and here because they are the best paying jobs in the Wiregrass,” said Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting.

The Huey 2 upgrade kit adds more powerful engine, new navigation system, special mission systems and extends the life of the aircraft 20 years.