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Kopter moving planned manufacturing facility from Lafayette airport

Leonardo, the Italian company that bought helicopter company Kopter in 2020, is no longer planning to produce its new aircraft in Lafayette, the company confirmed Friday.

In a statement, the company said that it reached an agreement with airport officials to end its lease. The decision to end the contract came after Leonardo bought the Swiss helicopter company and reviewed the company’s footprint.

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“Following a thorough examination of Kopter’s presence in the USA since its acquisition, Leonardo took the final decision to terminate the lease for the facility based in Lafayette, Louisiana, which entered into place in March 2019,” the company said in a statement.

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