Breeze-Eastern Corp. (NYSE Amex: BZC) announced that its President and CEO Mike Harlan, joined by members of Breeze-Eastern's Board of Directors and Leadership Team, will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, August 12, 2010, to commemorate completion of the relocation of the company's headquarters and operations to its new facility in Whippany, NJ. After over 50 years in its Union, NJ facility, this relocation is part of a revitalization of the company that includes:
  • New leadership: new CEO and CFO in January, 2010
  • Investment in world-class facilities, systems, and processes
  • Product innovation: market-leading rescue hoists, cargo hooks, cargo winches, and other high performance lifting and positioning equipment for U.S. and international helicopter and military cargo aircraft manufacturers and operators and other aerospace/defense customers
  • Stronger customer focus and innovative business models

Mr. Harlan explained "We take very seriously the responsibility that comes with making the equipment that heroes use to save lives every week; a prototype Breeze-Eastern rescue hoist was used in the first at-sea helicopter rescue in 1945 and our rescue hoists are used on thousands of search and rescue helicopters around the world today. We are also honored that manufacturers of the newest military cargo aircraft and other aerospace/defense platforms have chosen Breeze-Eastern to provide mission-critical equipment. "

Mr. Harlan continued "We are glad to show that U.S. manufacturing companies can still thrive even in relatively high cost states like New Jersey. We continue to succeed through innovation, safeguarding our proprietary intellectual property, and focusing on specialty areas where we can offer our customers superior value and service. We decided to stay in New Jersey because of our dedicated employees and suppliers and their specialized understanding of how we do what we do."

"Our earnings in recent quarters have been reduced by the expenses of our relocation and by heavy new product development spending, which we see as excellent investments in our future. We're pleased that our move is completed and we're starting to get the efficiency benefits of being in our new facility. The engineering we're doing now for AgustaWestland, Airbus, Alenia, Boeing, Sikorsky, Eurocopter, General Atomics, and other customers will lead to hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue over the next 30 plus years. And we're using Lean and better information systems to streamline our manufacturing and business processes, so that they are faster and more cost-effective. We're very focused on doing an excellent job for our customers and increasing our enterprise value."

Mr. Harlan concluded "We're proud to be listed on the most important stock exchange in the world. The liquidity it creates and the confidence that it gives our investors can't be matched anywhere else. We value our partnership with the New York Stock Exchange and appreciate their inviting us to celebrate our milestone by ringing the opening bell today."

Breeze-Eastern Corporation ( is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high performance lifting and pulling devices for helicopters, military cargo aircraft, and other aerospace/defense platforms, including rescue hoists, winches and cargo hooks, and weapons-lifting systems. The Company, which employs approximately 170 people at its facilities in Whippany, New Jersey, reported sales of $69.0 million for the Fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.


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