An Alabama aviation firm has announced a big sale at the Paris Air Show.
Enterprise’s Arista Aviation will sell four modified UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the International Defense and Aerospace Group LLC. The deal was announced from the air show, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.
State officials have wrapped up two days at the air show at Paris’ Le Bourget airport, where they took part in 22 different meetings with companies and officials.
Arista bills itself as a “one-stop shop” for military and commercial rotorcraft refurbishment. The sale represents a new business line centered on commercial sales for the company. It was founded in 2012 as Alabama Aircraft Support and came to Enterprise in 2014. The company operates from a 65,000-square-foot hangar and has 150 employees.
Arista CEO Rich Enderle said the sale will bring expansion.
“With the growth in commercial sales and the growth in the government contracts we’re pursuing right now, I anticipate we’ll expand our footprint in Enterprise, nearly doubling the hangar facility and adding another 50 to 100 jobs,” Enderle said.
Gov. Kay Ivey, who is also taking part in the Paris Air Show, was at the “Made in Alabama” booth at the show for the announcement.
“I have visited Arista Aviation on several occasions, and I’ve been very impressed with the way the company has grown and added jobs over a short period of time,” Ivey said. “It’s a shining example of an Alabama company finding success, and I believe this new chapter in its operation will bring even more of it.”
The terms of the deal were not announced. The helicopters were acquired by Arista through the Army’s BEST divestiture program. The aircraft can be used both in the U.S. and in approved foreign countries in several applications, such as search and rescue, training or firefighting.