MD Helicopters receives manufacturer of the year award, joins delegation in Ukraine
October 19, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
MD Helicopters (MDH) received the Arizona Manufacturers Council’s (AMC) Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award during a luncheon at Grand Canyon University Arena.
“The AMC council is thrilled to recognize MD Helicopters, a long-time fixture in Arizona’s manufacturing industry and a leader in one of the nation’s fastest growing manufacturing sectors,” said AMC Executive Director Grace Appelbe. “This sector employs more than 600,000 people and positively impacts the state economy by US$77 billion a year and MDH is a significant contributor.”
The AMC award comes on the heels of MD Helicopters’ participation in an Arizona Defense and Industry Coalition (AZDIC) delegation trip to Ukraine to explore partnership and production opportunities with Ukraine. The group also participated in launching the inaugural International Defense Industries Forum (DFNC1) with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
During the Forum, MDH explains AZDIC and the delegation members signed the Ukraine Defense Industry Compact, furthering their commitment and joining defense industry leaders around the world in supporting Ukraine’s fight for freedom and independence. MDH explains this also reaffirms their commitment to the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine’s economy by seeking opportunities to engage in trade and investment, share expertise, and participate in other partnership-based business activities. MD Helicopters Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jason Lindauer joined leaders of four other Arizona defense and industry companies on the delegation.
“We are deeply committed to Ukraine’s safety and security,” said Lindauer. “Our advanced light attack scout helicopters would safeguard both military and civilian personnel as they enter and exit the battlefield. Beyond the initial supply, our dedication extends to empowering Ukrainian workers. We are prepared to establish a comprehensive manufacturing and in-service support network, involving training and maintenance programs, all managed by skilled Ukrainian professionals. This holistic approach ensures the sustained success of our products within the country, contributing significantly to Ukraine’s defense capabilities.”