Ryan will own the facility and lease it to Groen BrothersAviation Inc. "The Hawk 4 Gyroplane is an exciting aircraft and weare proud to be building the facility that will produce it," saysBob Mulhurn, vice president of development for Ryan.

Come fourth quarter 2002, Groen Brothers will relocate from itsexisting headquarters in Salt Lake City. Up to four commerciallyviable gyroplanes will be manufactured each day at the plant. Theproduction facility will incorporate the latest aircraft productiontechnology, proprietary fabrication procedures and techniques aswell as a cutting-edge computer numeric-control machiningcenter.

"With this state-of-the-art production facility, Groen BrothersAviation becomes a full-fledged modern aircraft manufacturer," saysDavid Groen, Groen's president and CEO. The Hawk 4 is nearing thefinal stages of FAA certification. Groen Brothers Aviation hasdeveloped the first modern, commercially viable gyroplane, a hybridaircraft with low operating cost and the off-runway operatingcapability of a helicopter. The plant will employee about 425people.

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