Bell Helicopter held a ceremonial ground breaking Monday as the kickoff to the company's plans to build a new 200,000 square-foot headquarters office building.
The new building located at the northeast corner of the Bell complex is the centerpiece of a major effort by the company to revitalize its quarters and its products over the next several years.
Bell Chief Executive John Garrison said the project “is a significant step forward in making our revitalization successful.”
A side effect, said both Garrison and public officials, should be an economic stimulus for the nearby area.
"It’s our hope the investments we’re making at Bell Helicopter will help revitalize northeast Tarrant County,” Garrison said.
“With the exception of the uncertainty over the defense budget in Washington,” Garrison said while looking directly at Rep. Kay Granger, “Bell Helicopter is looking to a great future.”
Granger, in her remarks, said there was a difference between government spending and investment. Spending on Bell defense products like the Marines V-22 Osprey and H-1 Cobra and Huey helicopters, and the Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, are investments and “are essential to national security.”
“We will not cut our national security,” Granger said.