Celebrating our Teams on Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing plays a major role in our economy and is the foundation of Bell. As the fifth-largest employer in America, the manufacturing industry is vital to our country’s success. So, what exactly does it entail? According to investopia.com, manufacturing is the process of raw materials or parts into finished goods through use of tools, human labor, machinery and chemical processing. At Bell, it means producing the components, aircraft features and ultimately the vertical lift products that save lives, support our warfighters, thrill our customers and deliver thrilling experiences across the globe.   

Here at Bell, more than half of our employees directly perform manufacturing-related jobs every day! Because manufacturing is such a growing industry and becoming more technologically advanced than ever, we’ll soon open our Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), designed to solve the biggest rotorcraft manufacturing challenges: cost, schedule and quality. This new center will pave the way for rapid prototyping of innovative aircraft and the seamless development of our Future Vertical Lift (FVL) products.

Take a look at what Glenn Isbell, vice president of Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Innovation, has to say about the future of manufacturing at Bell:

Throughout 2020, our manufacturing teams have done a phenomenal job during these continuously changing times. When the pandemic hit, our Engineering and Chemical Labs team decided to take matters into their own hands to help. Working with the Environmental Health and Safety team, they followed the World Health Organization’s formula and produced sanitizer while the EHS team procured material and organized distribution.

Our teams have adapted to pandemic challenges and kept Bell operating as an essential business. Their efforts resulted in continued high productivity and success throughout the year. None of this would be possible if it were not for the commitment and dedication of our great manufacturing employees.  Thank you for all the work you do and Happy Manufacturing Day!

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of on-demand mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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