Congressman Marc Veasey Rolls Up His Sleeves at Bell Helicopter

October 30, 2015

US Rep. Veasey Works with Bell Helicopter for his October ‘Marc Means Business’ Work Day

FORT WORTH, TX (October 30, 2015) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today hosted U.S. Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) at its Repair and Overhaul Center as part of his Marc Means Business initiative. Through this ongoing initiative, Rep. Veasey visits and performs work at a variety of businesses across the DFW Metroplex.

Footage and images from today’s event can be found here.

“We are delighted to host the Congressman through the Marc Means Business initiative,” said Bell Helicopter president and CEO Mitch Snyder. “Rep. Veasey has been a strong advocate for the aerospace and defense industry, including Bell Helicopter and its employees, and has served as an effective voice for North Texas on economic and national security issues.”

Bell Helicopter’s Repair and Overhaul facility is home to blade repair and gearbox overhaul operations for Bell Boeing V-22, Bell AH-1W, AH-1Z, and UH-1Y aircraft operated by U.S. military operators. Following a facility tour and safety briefing, Congressman Veasey learned how to perform sanding, patching and prep work on a composite V-22 blade as well as breakdown and inspection of an V-22 gearbox.

“Today, I learned the real-world perspective of the hard-working men and women who work diligently to keep our warfighters flying, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing Bell Helicopter and the larger rotorcraft industry,” commented Rep. Veasey.  “Bell Helicopter remains a strong employer in Texas and a key provider of vertical lift aircraft critical to our nation’s defense, and I am honored to represent their interests here in Texas and back in DC.”

The Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotor and Bell H-1 helicopters are relied upon for U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps operations around the globe including rapid response special operations, long-range logistics, assault support, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

Bell Helicopter is celebrating 80 years of changing the way the world flies and looking forward to a new generation of industry leadership with continued investment in current products and services and three new clean-sheet aircraft – the Bell 505, Bell 525, and a next generation tiltrotor, the Bell V-280 Valor.

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Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor 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.         

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