Supports More Than 500 Jobs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2012
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Steve Horning 202-565-3200
Skilled craftsmen in Philadelphia assemble an AW139
medium-lift helicopter for export to Brazil. Ex-Im Bank
recently approved financing for exporting the
AgustaWestland product, which will support more than
500 U.S. jobs. (Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland
The Bank's financing is estimated to support at least 500 American jobs in all phases of aircraft production and delivery, based on the number employed by AgustaWestland in Philadelphia.
With this transaction, we've guaranteed employment for skilled American workers, said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. We're pleased not only to help support these well-paying jobs, but also to level the playing field for an American manufacturer in the highly competitive energy-industry aircraft market.
Brazil's state-owned Petrobras off-shore drilling industry increasingly demands new-technology, medium-lift helicopters like the AW139 model produced by AgustaWestland in its Philadelphia factory. Each AW139 helicopter can carry fifteen passengers to remote off-shore operations. It features a range of 575 miles and can fly at a cruising speed of 190 miles per hour.
Bruno Cellemme, President and CEO of AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation, remarked, AgustaWestland is pleased to again partner with the Export-Import Bank of the United States to support the export of helicopters produced at our Philadelphia plant. These exports help to sustain jobs at our Philadelphia-based manufacturing plant, which employs more than 500 aerospace workers.
ABOUT EX-IM BANK:
Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. In the past five years (from Fiscal Year 2008), Ex-Im Bank has earned for U.S. taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion above the cost of operations. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.
Ex-Im Bank approved $35.8 billion in total authorizations in FY 2012 - an all-time Ex-Im record. This total includes more than $6 billion directly supporting small-business export sales - also an Ex-Im record. Ex-Im Bank's total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 255,000 American jobs in communities across the country. For more information, visit www.exim.gov.