DeLauro applauds $1.3 billion in helicopter work awarded to Sikorsky

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose district includes part of Shelton, is praising $1.3 million in work that has been awarded to Sikorsky Aircraft, with much of the work to be done in the Stratford plant.

“As the Arsenal of the Republic, Connecticut has always played a role in developing cutting edge aerospace defense products,” DeLauro said. “We benefit from the highly skilled workers not only at Sikorsky, but also the long supply chain throughout the state.”

The $1.3 billion in contract modifications was awarded to Sikorsky for 102 helicopters. This includes 41 Black Hawks, 37 Sea Hawks and 24 Pave Hawks.

Primary assembly will take place at Sikorsky headquarters in Stratford, which is on the Shelton border.

“I worked hard to secure this funding for Sikorsky helicopters, and will continue to fight to keep good paying jobs right here in Connecticut,” said DeLauro, a Democrat just elected to her 13th term.

Shelton has more residents working for United Technologies Corp. (UTC), parent company of Sikorsky, than any other town in the region. There are about 800 people in Shelton who earn a paycheck at United Technologies, according to UTC data from earlier this year.

Shelton has two congressional districts

DeLauro represents the Third Congressional District, which includes a part of Shelton and most of the greater New Haven region. She lives in New Haven.

Most of Shelton is in the Fourth Congressional District, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich. Himes was just re-elected to a fourth term  in the district that includes most of Fairfield County.