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Rocky Mountain Helicopters Inc., which operates the largest emergency medical air ambulance service in the world, will celebrate the completion of its newly expanded facilities on July 20.

In addition to its air medical service, the Provo-based company also has helicopter logging and energy divisions and a fixed-wing division called Rocky Mountain Aviation. Rocky Mountain Helicopters has 85 helicopters and 20 airplanes among its fleet.The company, which has been located in Provo for 20 years, is expanding its facilities to keep pace with growth in both national and international markets, according to President James Burr.

The expanded facility, located at the Provo Municipal Airport, will allow several departments under one roof and will consolidate management operations.

"Consolidation will facilitate better communication and will improve our ability to service our remote contract locations throughout the United States," Burr said.

The newly expanded Provo facility houses Rocky Mountain Helicopter's Logistics Center, where over 200 employees organize all company operations, including engine and component overhaul, parts, maintenance, welding, accounting, etc.

"Our job in Provo is to support the helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft operating worldwide," Burr said.

Rocky Mountain Helicopters Inc. now has operations in 31 states and several international markets. The company expects to gross $70 million this year.

Rocky Mountain Helicopters will host an open house July 20. Visitors will be able to view a video presentation about the company and tour the facility.