Now that we have been notified of Sikorsky’s planned closure, we are immediately focusing on three things: support for Sikorsky employees; plans for the 22-acre Sikorsky site; and protection of the local economy, especially in light of all the positive economic development activity that is gaining traction in the Coatesville and Western Chester County area.
Chester County has the lowest unemployment rate in the region, and we are confident that through our many workforce development resources and our strong manufacturing base, we will find skilled jobs for every Sikorsky employee who wants to continue working in Chester County. In fact, we have a Manufacturing and Trades Industry recruitment fair that is already scheduled for next Wednesday, Aug. 25, and will ensure that Sikorsky employees have details of the event.
In the coming days, we will meet with our federal, state, and local partners to use our individual and combined strengths to determine the impacts of the closure, develop a plan to secure jobs for Sikorsky workers, and ensure the Sikorsky site quickly becomes repurposed.
Finally, we want to express the pride and appreciation we feel for the hundreds of employees who have worked at Sikorsky (and the former Keystone Helicopter) through the years to create excellent aircraft to serve our nation. We will do everything possible to support them and the local economy in Sadsbury Township and the surrounding area.