Suozzi Announces LI Defense Companies to Benefit from Spending Bill
May 10, 2017
Local suppliers get increased work from Blackhawk helicopter funding
Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) hosted a press conference today on the factory floor at Telephonics, located in Huntington, NY. Participating in the event were executives from three local companies Telephonics (Huntington), Hicksville Machine Works (Hicksville), and Hitemco (Old Bethpage).
“I am proud to have supported the bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations package last week. This funding bill will benefit these businesses, keep jobs here on Long Island, and helps continue Long Island’s legacy of being a Hi-Tech Island and the ‘Cradle of Aviation,’” said Congressman Suozzi.
The spending bill provides $1.2 billion for 62 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the Army, built by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, which relies on suppliers throughout Long Island, including those participating in today’s press conference.
“Telephonics is proud to be a part of the Black Hawk team and looks forward to continuing its support of this critical platform, along with the possibility of bringing additional aerospace/defense jobs to Long Island,” said Telephonics President Kevin McSweeney.
“Hicksville Machine is a military veteran-owned supplier of structural components for the Sikorsky Black Hawk. This year’s acquisition of Blackhawk aircraft will allow HMW to maintain current employment level, and to begin planning for increased employment levels in the 3rd quarter 2017,” noted Hicksville Machine Works President, John Spiezio.
Noel Gibilaro, an executive at Hitemco, which makes high-tech coatings used on Black Hawk components noted that the company has more than 100 employees. “Hitemco and its employees will benefit from the continued need to apply our state-of-art capabilities to deliver a superior product to the Black Hawk suppliers,” he said.
During the event, Congressman Suozzi spoke with executives from Telephonics, Hitemco, and Hicksville Machine. The group thanked the Congressman for his support of the industry in his first few months in office.
Congressman Suozzi then toured part of the factory floor and chatted with Telephonics factory workers, sharing his thoughts on reviving Long Island as an aerospace/defense and high-tech center.
The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is the U.S. Army’s primary medium lift utility transport and air assault aircraft used for air assault, air cavalry, and aeromedical evacuation units as well as special operations.
New York's Third Congressional District is home to many aerospace and defense industry suppliers and receives the most annual defense spending ($1.7B) of any congressional district in New York State.
Congressman Suozzi with John Spiezio (Hicksville Machine Works), Kevin McSweeney (Telephonics) and Noel Gibilaro (Hitemco)
Congressman Suozzi discusses Long Island as a high-tech center with Telephonics employees