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Swiss Company to Assemble Helicopters in Louisiana

Switzerland-based helicopter maker Kopter selects the Lafayette Regional Airport to assemble helicopters, creating 120 jobs. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says Kopter looked at 38 locations before picking Lafayette, which has a strong helicopter culture, because of the oil and gas industry.

The Kopter Production and Product Support Center will deliver SH09, among a variety of models throughout the Western Hemisphere.

At least 50 percent of the company's supplier will be United States-based businesses. Kopter Group will invest more than $4 million in new equipment for the building.

Govenor John Bel Edwards and the CEO of Kopter Group AG made the announcement Tuesday in Lafayette.