New Jobs Coming To Troy

250 more jobs are on the way to the Sikorsky Helicopter Plant in Troy. This will double the plant's current work-force.

"Many foreign governments depend on Sikorsky for their aviation program," said Congressman Terry Everett of Alabama.

In a city of 15,000, this is huge. The hourly pay for new employees will range from $16 to $30 an hour. Troy mayor Jimmy Lunsford remembered 1985 with a dash of humor, the time his hair was black, and the time he helped break ground for the original Sikorsky plant.

"I had black hair then. Mike had hair (laughter). This shows just how far we've come," said Mayor Lunsford.

Nothing really changes at the plant in terms of what they build and that is the tail cones and cabins for the H-60 Naval Hawk Helicopter. Armed with a new U.S. Navy contract, the company will simply double the size of its workforce to 500, which is bound to have a ripple effect in the community.

"No question this will help the economy, keep our business people open and our realtors selling houses," said Deloris Forringer who works in the finance department at Sikorsky.

Hiring begins next year at the plant. If you're interesting in learning more about the new jobs, log on to the company's website at