A leading aerospace engineering staffing firm is increasing its workforce by a hundred employees. Belcan is adding to its 10 year old fleet.
The engineering services provider, will invest over $ 1 million into the Lexington Vine Center expansion. The additional 15,000 square feet will accommodate 100 entry level engineers to support a new customer, Pratt and Whitney. It's a commercial and military aerospace gas turbine engine supplier. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says Belcan is adding solid jobs. "Big major players in the industry are saying, we have confidence in Lexington, we have confidence in the skills sets and the talents we can recruit in Lexington," Gray said. "That's a very big deal for Lexington."
Belcan opened its Lexington office a decade ago with just over 20 engineers. Tuesday's announcement will eventually bring the number of employees up to well over 200. Belcan CEO Lance Kwasnieski says the vast majority of the firm's work in Lexington relates to military aircraft. "Obviously the Blackhawk network is the primary platform we support," he said. "So, there is a high percentage of military, probably 90 percent in this design center, working on all the fun programs."
Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen participated in Belcan's announcement. Luallen believes future expansion remains a possibility. "The growth potential for this company is tremendous and we hope that they will continue to see opportunities to grow right here in Lexington," Luallen said. "They had two of their biggest customers here today, Pratt and Whitney and Sikorsky."
Belcan opened its Lexington office in 2005 to service a growing aerospace contract with Sikorsky.