Mesa-based MD Helicopters is adding 150 jobs to the area after scoring a contract with the U.S. Army worth nearly $1.4 billion.
The Army contracted with MD Helicopters to supply approximately 150 helicopters over the next five years. Initially, 30 aircraft will go to the Afghan Air Force. The company has already hired 100 people because of the contract and is looking for another 50 to hire.
At the helm of it all is Tilton in her lavender-hued Mesa office. The CEO said she works 18 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week in Mesa and at her other holdings.
Tilton said she started buying manufacturing companies to “give people the dignity of work” and MD is her thesis statement. It’s a platform she said she evangelized long before President Donald Trump.
“You have to take care of your own before you can take care of anyone else, and the reason we have violence in the streets of America, the reason we have so much vitriol is because we left too many people behind after the financial crisis,” she said.