Airbus Celebrates Twenty Years in Columbus

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of the Dispatch and Grant McLaughlin

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its industrial site in Columbus. They held a celebration and spoke about their history, and marked the occasion with the installation of a display model of their H125 aircraft near the entrance. “We are an entrepreneurial business at heart,” says Johannes Dienemann, Vice President, Industry and Civil Programs at the facility. “Many of our employees have stories of working their way up into leadership roles.”

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They cited a number of factors as to why they placed a factory here, so far from their HQ in Plano, TX: that the GTR tri-city area has plenty of military veterans eager for work, the readiness of the government to encourage industry and the availability of technical expertise from local residents. The copters they produce “…are flying and protecting our nation,” says Dienemann.

They began with just seven workers here and have since expanded to over three hundred. Over the years, the region has since gained a number of other thriving industrial concerns – thanks, in part, to Airbus’ being willing to take a chance on our area.

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