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“Building partnerships like this is exactly how we all move forward. Belcan, the university, and the state all benefit from this type of cooperation. It creates opportunities for our students and faculty, Belcan capitalizes on UK’s talents and resources, and the state’s economy grows from the addition of significant jobs.”
-- Lee T. Todd Jr,
University of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2004) -- Belcan Engineering Group will open a new engineering design center in Lexington early next month for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. with up to 40 jobs initially and as many as 300 by the end of 2005 that could benefit University of Kentucky engineering graduates, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced today.
“It is an honor to welcome such a highly respected partnership between Belcan and Sikorsky to the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Fletcher said.
Belcan will perform targeted engineering activities in support of projected growth in Sikorsky Aircraft’s domestic and international development program requirements. For more than three years, Belcan has provided engineering services to Sikorsky Aircraft, the Connecticut-based manufacturer of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses.
“Belcan’s expansion into Lexington, Ky., is fully aligned with our strategy of utilizing domestic engineering design centers for targeted airframe and subsystem detail design activities. The work performed at the Lexington design center will be complementary to the system integration, vehicle definition, and dynamic systems design activities ongoing at our home office in Connecticut and will be a key element in meeting anticipated growth in engineering requirements,” said Mark F. Miller, Sikorsky’s vice president of research and engineering.
In the Lexington center, Belcan plans to work closely with the UK College of Engineering to cultivate opportunities for graduates. Belcan already has provided the support for a Belcan laboratory in the Ralph G. Anderson Building, named for the founder of Belcan who also is a member of the college’s Hall of Distinction. The building houses the college’s mechanical engineering department.
“Building partnerships like this is exactly how we all move forward,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “Belcan, the university, and the state all benefit from this type of cooperation. It creates opportunities for our students and faculty, Belcan capitalizes on UK’s talents and resources, and the state’s economy grows from the addition of significant jobs.”
Belcan already has a strong relationship with the UK College of Engineering, participating in the college’s cooperative education program that gives students on-the-job experience at company facilities for a semester or longer.
“This initiative is a testimony to the vision of President Todd and his determination to harness the university to the benefit of Kentucky’s economic growth,” said Tom Lester, dean of the College of Engineering. “It’s also a tribute to the talent UK has produced for the engineering profession over the years.”
Lester also praised the efforts of Bruce Walcott, the college’s associate dean for economic development and innovations management, for his role in the negotiations that resulted in the engineering design center.
Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac described Belcan as “the kind of high tech company our city and the Commonwealth have worked extremely hard to attract. Our selection tells the nation and the world that we can meet the needs of high tech industries now and in the future.”