JOBS: A Tale of Two Cities

For four years, the fates of two companies, their workers and their communities hung on a single Army contract for a helicopter known as UTTAS (Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System). In December the Army announced the winner: Sikorsky of Stratford, Conn., which stands to reap perhaps $4 billion in sales over the next ten years. The loser, Boeing Vertol in Ridley Township, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, must now contend with doubts about its survival as a primary aircraft maker. To gauge the impact of the biggest helicopter award in 20 years,...

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