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Press Release Date:  March 15, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan or Jeanne Lausche, (502) 564-2611, or Mandy Lambert (502) 564-7670

Frankfort, KY: Just three months ago, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced Belcan was chosen to locate an Engineering and Design Center for Sikorsky Aircraft in Lexington, creating more than 300 new high-tech jobs.  Today Governor Fletcher and Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Gene Strong along with officials from Belcan Corporation, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Commerce Lexington, the City of Lexington and the University of Kentucky were on hand to celebrate Belcan’s Grand Opening.


            “The top priority of my administration is to bring new, well paying, competitive jobs to Kentucky.  We are honored that an internationally respected company like Belcan has chosen to locate in Lexington,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “The jobs that this economic development opportunity will create will make the Bluegrass a better place to live, work, and raise families.”


          “I’m delighted to be a part of Belcan’s grand opening celebration, welcoming a world-class company to the Lexington community that will create hundreds of new engineering opportunities for Kentuckians,” stated Secretary Gene Strong.  “Today marks the beginning of a continuous, successful and rewarding partnership.”


Belcan has been providing engineering services to Sikorsky Aircraft for more than 3 years with an offsite Engineering and Technology Development Center since achieving UTC “Preferred” Supplier Status for Engineering services.  Belcan will perform targeted engineering detailed design activities in support of projected growth in Sikorsky’s domestic and international development program requirements at its new location in the World Trade Center. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses.


“This is a great opportunity to grow our relationship with the Belcan Corporation.  Belcan’s expansion into Lexington is fully aligned with our strategy of utilizing domestic Engineering Design Centers for targeted airframe and subsystem detail design activities.  We will maintain our Rotorcraft Center of Excellence at our home office in Connecticut, performing the system integration, vehicle definition, and dynamic systems activities. The work performed at the Lexington Design Center will be complementary to these activities, and is a key element of Sikorsky engineering’s sourcing strategy,” said Mark F. Miller, Sikorsky’s Vice President of Research and Engineering.


“It has long been a vision of Belcan’s owner, Mr. Ralph Anderson, to bring high-technology employment opportunities to his native state, the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” stated Phil Combs, CEO of Belcan Corporation. “With excellent opportunities from Sikorsky Aircraft and partnership support from the Commonwealth, the City of Lexington, the University of Kentucky and Commerce Lexington, Mr. Anderson’s vision is becoming a reality.  Belcan is proud to be a member of the Lexington business community.  We have the highest confidence that with the intellectual talent available to us locally, we can build a World Class Design Center able to meet the needs of Sikorsky Aircraft and other future customers.”


Striving to attract and retain exceptional students wishing to remain in Kentucky, the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering has partnered with Belcan to cultivate employment opportunities for many of its graduates. 


“This is an important day for Lexington and the economic vitality of this region,” said UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr.  “It is an equally important moment for the University of Kentucky.  Being able to offer our students tremendous professional opportunities at one of this nation’s finest engineering firms will help them compete in the global marketplace.  And I know the Belcan Engineering Design Center will be thrilled to work alongside some of UK’s brightest young minds.”


Lexington is fortunate to have the 8th highest number of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher—this ties us with Boston,” said Bob Quick, CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc.  “We are truly fortunate to have UK and many other post-secondary resources, which really makes our region attractive to a company like Belcan.” 


"The collaborative effort among the state, UK, and local agencies responsible for this grand opening is a model of government at its best working together with business," said Lexington Mayor Teresa Ann Isaac. "Our city is proud to add Belcan Engineering to our list of corporate citizens."



Belcan, an ISO 9001 registered company founded in 1958 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, offers full service engineering, product design, information technology, specialty equipment engineering, temporary staffing and multimedia services internationally from its 36 offices with over 3,000 employees throughout the world.


Sikorsky helicopters are flown by all five branches of the United States’ armed forces, along with military services and commercial operators in more than 40 nations.  Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.


The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) Board preliminarily approved Belcan for tax benefits under the Kentucky Jobs Development Act (KJDA), an incentive program aimed at increasing the number of service- and technology-related jobs in the state.  A community profile for Fayette County may be found at the following link:


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Last updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2005