The facility is expected to employ over 100 staff by 2017 and will manufacture composite airframe structures. The site’s first products will be structures manufactured for the Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter, with first parts scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2012.

GKN’s facility will provide direct manufacturing support to the company’s Alabama facility, which is is seeing additional growth. The Alabama site provides aerostructures for customers such as Sikorsky, GE, HondaJet and Airbus.

“Mexico is a strategically important country for us, and this move by GKN Aerospace to place Black Hawk helicopter component work in-country coincides with our plans to increase our presence and work content in Mexico,” said Steve Estill, vice president of strategic partnerships for Sikorsky.