Silver State Helicopters President and CEO Jerry Airola announced on June 9th that the company has entered into a newly formed collaboration with Orange County Choppers (OCC), the custom motorcycle manufacturer featured in TLC’s American Chopper
. The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Stewart International Airport in New York.
“This relationship with Orange County Choppers is another indication of the continual expansion and growth of Silver State Helicopters," Airola said. "Both companies are part of very exciting and intense industries. It seems natural for us to exchange a chopper for a chopper.”
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Silver State, a full-service commercial helicopter operator, has customized a Bell L4 long range helicopter exclusively for OCC. The helicopter is expected to help maximize the shop’s production. Shop owners and American Chopper
stars Paul Teutul, Sr.
and Paulie Teutul, Jr.
will also use the helicopter to transport themselves and their important guests in a unique and exotic style. The Teutels two-year contract with the Silver State guarantees them “exclusive first right to the helicopter.”
According to Airola, the $2.2 million helicopter was incorporated with numerous upgrades, including tinted windows and an OCC logo-laden cockpit.
“It looks like a limousine on the inside,” the CEO explained.
In return for the helicopter, the Teutuls are creating and designing a custom-themed bike for Silver State Helicopters. The bike will not only be featured in an upcoming episode of American Chopper
, but will also be toured nationwide. After the tour, the bike will be auctioned off, with all the proceeds going to St. Joseph Hospital’s Children’s Health Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Airola will not get to see the finished bike until the trade-off in August, but he is satisfied in knowing the Teutuls and their show will bring good exposure to the company. In April, the show’s crew went to Southern Nevada and filmed some footages of Airola and the company.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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