Safety & Training
Bell’s new facility slowly taking shape
January 8, 2013 By Amarillo Globe News
Jan. 8, 2013, Amarillo, Tx. - Construction crews are busy installing steel beams and metal siding at a new Bell Helicopter facility that eventually will assemble the new Relentless 525 helicopter. Construction is expected to be completed in March or April.
City officials have approved a $4.2 million investment in the plant, and Textron, Bell’s parent company, will fund the remaining $22.8 million for the 249,000-square-foot facility near Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.
The Relentless is a civilian helicopter that can be used for multiple tasks, ranging from hauling crews to offshore oil platforms to VIP transports.
Workers at Amarillo’s Bell facilities, which employ more than 1,400, now assemble V-22 Ospreys, UH-1 Huey transport helicopters and AH-1Z attack helicopters.