Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced Tuesday that Sikorsky Aircraft will add 250 new jobs at the company's plant in Troy, doubling the company's current workforce at the facility.
Sikorsky Aircraft first opened its doors in January 1985 and now has about 240 employees working on tail cones and cabins for H-60 Naval Hawk Helicopters for the United States Navy.
"It's wonderful to see how far we’ve come," says Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford.
The company will soon double its workforce by adding about 250 new hourly employees to meet increased demand from the Navy.
"They are competitive wage jobs. They are comparable with the industry standard for aviation. The primary jobs we’re looking for are structural riveters and installers," says Rick Spears, general manager for the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Troy.
Sikorsky officials say the Navy has requested 250 new aircrafts to be built over a 10 year period and the Connecticut based company expects Troy's facility to help meet that demand.
"It’s because of the pursuit of excellence. It’s because you have convinced the United States Navy that you can do it better here, more productively here than any other place in the world," says Governor Bob Riley.
Because Sikorsky is more than doubling its workforce, talks are now in the works to expand its facility.
"It has really brought a lot of good things into Troy, and now this expansion. We’re sharing with the governor about another potential expansion even after this one, so it’s really exciting," says Lunsford.
Within the past year, Sikorsky has hired nearly 600 new engineers for its Connecticut and Florida operations, 50 hourly employees in Florida and opened a new engineering center in Huntsville.
The new jobs are expected to be filled by mid-summer.
Troy officials say this increase is expected to boost the economy for Troy and Pike County.
If you would like to apply for a position with Sikorsky, visit sikorskycareers.com.