Leadership Change at Edwards & Associates

January 16, 2008
Fort Worth, TX - January 16, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, officials announced that Greg Williams has been appointed president and general manager of Edwards & Associates, Inc. (EAA) replacing Phil Dieterich who retired after 42 years of service.

Williams will lead the EAA team, which includes Tennessee and Florida based service and completion center operations, Aeronautical Accessories Inc., and Rotor Blades Inc.

During a span of 31 years, Williams has held numerous positions in Bell Customer Support & Services, Systems Development, Finance, Inventory Management and Distribution. Most recently, he held the position of executive director, Integrated Support Solutions, with responsibility, accountability and authority for Bell's $700 million supply support operations.

Edwards and Associates, a Bell Helicopter managed company, is a full service helicopter completion center specializing in aircraft sales (new and pre-owned), maintenance, overhaul/repair, avionics, painting, interior refurbishment and overall customer support.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc. 
Textron Inc. is an $11 billion multi-industry company operating in 32 countries with approximately 40,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company , Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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