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neurship, or export excellence. Sikorsky
received the award based on the site’s im-
provements to the Development Flight
Center (DFC) and the opening of a new
business unit – Sikorsky Florida Assem-
bly Flight Operations (FAFO).
"We are honored to have been selected
for this award," said Mick Maurer, Siko-
rsky Vice President of Operations. "West
Palm Beach is key to Sikorsky because of
the optimum climate that provides a great
Sikorsky West Palm Beach
setting for us to ‘push the envelope’ on site production of two kinds of
Facility Receives Florida many of our development programs. It is a energy–usually electricity and heat – from
Governor’s Business Expansion
privilege to be recognized for our efforts.” a single source of fuel. Co-generation of-
Award
The award ceremony was held today at ten replaces traditional methods of ac-
the Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee in quiring multiple forms of energy, such as
SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION has an- conjunction with Florida’s Industry Ap- purchasing electricity from the power grid
nounced that its West Palm Beach facility preciation Week. and separately burning natural gas or oil
has been awarded the Florida Governors’ FAFO Site Manager Dave Wilcox and in a furnace to produce heat or steam.
Business Diversification Award for Busi- DFC General Manager Pete Ladyko ac- ”While the traditional method of pur-
ness Expansion. Coordinated by Enter- cepted the award on behalf of Sikorsky. chasing electric energy from the grid is
prise Florida (EFI), an organization Ladyko said, “This award is a testament convenient, it is very inefficient and
devoted to economic development in the to the coordinated efforts of the entire wastes more than two-thirds of the energy
state, the award recognizes business West Palm Beach team. We look forward in the original fuel due to production and
achievements that advance the state’s to continuing our business success in the transportation losses,” said Robert Araujo,
economy through job creation and dis- future.” Manager of Sustainable Development and
tinctive community involvement and cap- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Strat- Environmental Health & Safety Programs.
ital investment. Sikorsky is a subsidiary ford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter “The co-generation process captures the
of United Technologies Corp. design, manufacture and service. United unused heat that is generated from a typi-
(NYSE:UTX). In addition to the Business Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, cal power plant and transforms it into us-
Expansion award, recognition also is Conn., provides a broad range of high able energy. By using this technology at
given to other companies who have at- technology products and support services the Stratford site, Sikorsky can generate
tained success in innovation, entrepre- to the aerospace and building systems in- 10 megawatts or 82 percent of our Strat-
dustries. ford facility energy needs and save 8,900

tons of carbon dioxide emissions annu-
ally. This will make Sikorsky less energy
Sikorsky Aircraft Breaks Ground
dependent and contribute to a healthier
global environment,” Araujo said.
For Co-Generation Project
David Eherts, Vice President of EH&S
and Product Safety, said: “Though Siko-
SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORP. has begun con- rsky will spend almost $26 million to con-
struction of a new co-generation plant at struct the facility, based on the reduction
its Stratford facility to become more en- in energy costs, the project is estimated to
ergy independent. pay back in less than four years, so we’re
Sikorsky chose Carrier Corp., a UTC very eager to begin saving.”
subsidiary, for a turnkey custom solution Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Strat-
and installation of the project. Sikorsky ford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter
broke ground on Sept. 5. The co-generation design, manufacture and service. United
plant is being built onsite next to the exist- Technologies Corp., based in Hartford,
ing powerhouse. The project is expected to Conn., provides a broad range of high
take a year and a half to complete. technology products and support services
Co-generation, also known as com- to the aerospace and building systems in-
bined heat and power (CHP), is the on- dustries worldwide.

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