STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he expects Connecticut lawmakers will ultimately approve a $220 million agreement committing Sikorsky
Aircraft to keep its headquarters in Connecticut and build nearly 200 new helicopters in the state.

The Democrat said Wednesday the consequences of not approving the deal would be
“rather dire.”

He says thousands of jobs at the Stratford facility and elsewhere would be lost.

Malloy says he hopes lawmakers will vote on the agreement Sept. 28.

It also requires union approval.

It provides the manufacturer with grants and tax exemptions in return for building the CH-53K King Stallion helicopters in
Connecticut through at least June 2032.  It also requires Sikorsky to increase its spending with local suppliers.

Sikorsky President Daniel Schulz says the company had considered other states for building.

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