U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) applauded the announcement today that Boeing was awarded a $23.7 million contract to continue Initial Production Fielding Support modifications on Chinook helicopters at the Boeing Millville Modification Center. Since February 2010, modifications to 35 Chinook aircraft have been occurring at the Boeing facility at the Millville Municipal Airport. Today's announcement extends that contract for another year, from May 2011 through April 2012, for modifications to an additional 49 CH-47F helicopters.
"This is great news for Boeing, the U.S. Army, the people of Millville and the city's long-term development plans centered around the airport. The high quality work being done in Millville has rightly impressed Army officials who made today's decision," said LoBiondo, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "As the community knows, Boeing's continued presence at the Millville airport provides an economic boost to the region and has helped to create new jobs. We look forward to a long partnership with Boeing and the U.S. Army in Millville."
"Our successful support to the warfighter is leading to follow-on work and maintaining our workforce in Millville," said Raymond Haddad, Boeing director of Chinook Rotorcraft Support, in the Boeing press release announcing the extension. "We are using expertise from across the company to establish an innovative service that addresses customer requirements and affordability."
In 2010, the Millville Municipal Airport became home to The Boeing Company's post-production modification work on the Chinook helicopter as part of their initial contract with the U.S. Army. LoBiondo worked closely with Boeing, the Secretary of the Army and the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) who owns the airport to secure the contract work locally. LoBiondo attended the April 2010 ribbon-cutting for the Boeing Millville Modification Center with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and State Senate President Steve Sweeney.