Two Separate Divisions Formed From Textron's Bell Aerospace Operation

Textron Inc. has announced the creation of two separate divisions from its former Bell Aerospace Division.

The Bell Aerospace operation in Buffalo, N.Y., is now one division, and the New Orleans operation is a separate division under the name Textron Marine Systems.

John J. Kelly, formerly Bell Aerospace president, will be president of the New Orleans-based Textron Marine Systems Division, which is in the air cushion vessel business, including the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) program for the U.S. Navy. He has been with Textron's aerospace operations for more than 20 years, with prior experience at Republic Aviation and General Electric.

Robert A. Norling, previously senior vice president of Bell Aerospace, is now president of that division, which includes operations in military electronics and propulsion systems and other high-technology products. He joined Bell Aerospace in 1980, following experience at Honeywell, the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Defense Agency, Avco Everett Research, and Bendix Corporation.

B.F. Dolan, president and chief executive officer of Textron, said that this change "is intended to stimulate growth within each of the divisions by increasing management's focus on its individual markets." He added that each of the divisions should contribute significantly to Textron's results "just as Bell Aerospace has done historically."

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 24,  Sep 1986

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