Senator Richard Shelby paid a visit to Bell Helicopter this afternoon.
It's all part of his statewide jobs and industry tour, and he’s taking a look at the quality of businesses, their products and how they affect the local economies.
Shelby explained why Bell Helicopter has such a big economic impact on the community.
"It's about jobs, and it's about opportunity. This is a good place to work. Good facilities, good benefits, and good pay,” said Shelby.
And beyond the topic of job creation, Shelby says Bell Helicopter is important both on a national and international level.
It's mainly important to national security and the security of our friends that we would sell these refurbished helicopters to around the world,” said Shelby.
Bell Helicopter General Manager Barry Ford and Mayor Billy Blackwell were present, as the senator discussed the company's progress and his goal to create more jobs.
“We're very proud of the opportunity that we have to contribute back to the State of Alabama and the city,” said Ford.
Mayor Billy Blackwell says he's proud of the senator's visit and that he's in touch with not only the community, but also government security.
"He knows the importance of the workforce here. He knows the importance of their mission, not only for the State of Alabama, but the United States and across the world in providing aircraft to secure our democracy,” Blackwell said.
Shelby has had more than 1,800 county visits since his first term in 1987. The Bell Helicopter visit marks the 1,837th stop in his career.