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Turbomeca expands with a new site in Monroe, North Carolina

September 26, 2008  By Corrie

phpqh339kpmSept. 26, 2008, - Turbomeca has opened a new site in North America – Turbomeca Manufacturing.

Left to right:  Chris
Platé (Monroe Economic Development-Director), Emeric d’Arcimoles
(SAFRAN), Jim Fain (North Carolina  Department of Commerce), Jean-Paul
Herteman (SAFRAN), Pierre Fabre (Turbomeca), Didier Blauwart (Turbomeca
Manufacturing), Marc Ventre (SAFRAN) 

Sept. 26, 2008, – Turbomeca has opened a new site in North America – Turbomeca
Manufacturing. This is the first production site outside of France, dedicated to
manufacturing turbine parts and established to better meet the growing market
demands and better serve their customers.

Hosted by Jean-Paul Herteman, Chief Executive Officer of SAFRAN Group, Marc Ventre,
Executive VP Propulsion, Yves Leclère, Executive VP Equipment and Pierre Fabre, CEO
of Turbomeca, this opening ceremony, in presence of Jim Fain, North-Carolina secretary
of commerce, marks the continued global development of Turbomeca, particularly in the
United States of America.

The SAFRAN Group is now represented by 42 facilities and offices in the United States
including three Turbomeca sites. With Turbomeca USA and Turbomeca Canada,
Turbomeca Manufacturing is the third Turbomeca site on the North-American continent.
Turbomeca’s decision to base itself in Monroe is in line with SAFRAN Group’s continuous
strategy to reinforce its presence on the North-American continent.
Produce in-house parts and increase responsiveness to customers.


“The main aim of establishing this site in North America is to increase Turbomeca’s
production capacity while increasing the American content for the current and future
markets, as well as producing, among others, Arriel 1E2 specific parts. I am proud to
announce that the first parts produced by Turbomeca Manufacturing were delivered in
July.” stated Jean-Paul Herteman. The Arriel 1E2 powers Eurocopter’s UH-72A. The US
Army has ordered 322 of these helicopters for the Light Utility Helicopter Program (LUH).
Built on 42 acres of land, this new factory covers a surface of 100,000 square feet and
represents a 50 million dollar investment (building and industrial equipment). In 2010,
production capacity will reach 200,000 hours per year and Turbomeca Manufacturing will
employ almost 180 highly-qualified professionals.

A thorough analysis of several potential sites to set up the facility in the U.S.A. concluded
that North Carolina, and in particular the city of Monroe (Union County), was the most
suitable location; namely in terms of availability of highly-qualified and experienced
professionals, support through high-quality training, but also due to a large number of
grants and tax incentives. “The training program implemented by the State of North
Carolina as well as Monroe’s enthusiasm and willingness to welcome Turbomeca in the
locality contributed to the decision to base ourselves here.” revealed Didier Blauwart,
Turbomeca Manufacturing CEO.


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