Sikorsky loses presidential chopper business, Republicans pounce

The Sikorsky VH-3D (Sea King) the primary US presidential helicopter flying over Washington DC. (Image: Big Stock Photo)

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – From now on, work on the president’s helicopters will not longer be done in Connecticut.  Sikorsky announced today that the Navy is pulling the maintenance program for the presidential fleet of “Marine One” helicopters to a facility in Florida.  The choppers used as Marine One will still be built at Sikorsky.  The move affects about 85 workers at the Sikorsky facility in Stratford.  Their fate is still unclear.

A number of state Republicans fired at Governor Malloy and state democrats after the latest job loss in the state, the same day that Connecticut announced nearly another 500 state worker layoffs.

“This is clearly a very difficult time for our community and our families,” said State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21). “Last week we learned of nearly 600 Optimum layoffs occurring in Stratford and Shelton. Last month we learned of potential Sikorsky layoffs. Now, we find out another 85 jobs at Sikorsky will be impacted by a decision to move work out of Connecticut. This trend is disturbing. It shows just how important it is that our state work to grow our economy and reduce business costs so new jobs can come to our state. We need to create an environment where opportunity flourishes – now more than ever,” said Kelly.

“While it is important for us to continue our efforts to assist displaced workers and their families in availing themselves of state assistance, and ultimately finding new jobs, these unending pieces of bad economic news appear to be part of a trend that bears out what I and many of my colleagues have said for a long time – that our state needs to change the policies that are leading to a worsening economy at home, while all other states have moved well beyond the ‘Great Recession’,” said Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113).







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