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Aiming High
August 26, 2010   
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Aircraft manufacturer Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o. - PZL Mielec, a subsidiary of the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, is the successor of an aviation company established in 1938 within what was known as the Central Industrial District at the time. PZL Mielec proudly continues seven decades of tradition in aircraft design and production. Over the years, the plant has produced around 17,000 airplanes, including the World War II bomber PZL 37 Ło¶ and the postwar MiG-15, MiG-17, AN-28, M-15, I-22 Iryda, M18 Dromader, M20 Mewa, M26 Iskierka, M28 and M28B Bryza planes. The company broke its own production records with the internationally famous AN-2 airplane (12,000 planes manufactured to date) and the TS-11 Iskra (460 planes).

When the free market economy era dawned in Poland, PZL Mielec faced some serious financial problems. The company was then approached by the Sikorsky corporation, which was seeking opportunities to work together on the construction of structures for helicopters. Following thorough assessment and long negotiations, the United Technologies Corporation/Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation bought 100 percent of Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o. from the Industrial Development Agency on March 16, 2007. That date marked the beginning of a new era in the history of PZL Mielec and the history of the local aviation industry.

The new owner started extensive modernization, which allowed the company to maintain its current production and launch new production lines. Thanks to a well-thought-out infrastructure modernization strategy, PZL Mielec has retained its position as Poland’s largest aircraft manufacturer. Apart from the globally famous M28 and M18 Dromader airplanes, since 2009 PZL Mielec has maintained mass production of cabins for the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, delivering them to the U.S. air force. This year, PZL Mielec has launched a production line for the combat-tested S-70i Black Hawk helicopter.

The affiliation with the Sikorsky group opened new opportunities and challenges before PZL Mielec. Launching production on helicopter cabins and complete helicopters in such a short period was an major success. In order to live up to the challenges, the company has worked hard to transform itself into a modern enterprise with the right organization and management structure. It has also undertaken the crucial task of building a chain of trustworthy and reliable suppliers to maintain all the production programs at the factory.

The company has entered a path of rapid development, and the business environment is closely watching and evaluating the changes taking place in it. The strategy has earned PZL Mielec a number of awards and special distinctions, including the Reliable Employer of the Podkarpacie Region title, the Lodołamacze (Ice-Breakers) award for creating disabled-friendly jobs and awards in the 2008 and 2009 Modernized Industrial Facilities competitions.

Through all its operations, PZL Mielec aims to become a modern and profitable aircraft factory that works in harmony with the local community on the one hand and has a solid reputation and firm position on global markets on the other.
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