Workers watch as a helicopter lifts several massive heating and air conditioning units into place atop the new addition to the Madison Precision Products plant on Friday. A video of the work may be seen at the Courier Online - www.madisoncourier.com. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Workers watch as a helicopter lifts several massive heating and air conditioning units into place atop the new addition to the Madison Precision Products plant on Friday. A video of the work may be seen at the Courier Online - www.madisoncourier.com. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Strong winds didn't stop a helicopter from transporting 17 heating and air conditioning units to the roof of Madison Precision Products' newest addition Friday.

The project's general contractor, Teton Corporation of Madison, used St. Louis Helicopter from Sellersburg to lift the 3,000-pound HVAC units. The process was the most efficient means of lifting the units without the use of a crane, a company news release said.

Each unit took just over a minute to be transported from a construction area to the addition's rooftop.

Friday's HVAC installation was another step in the $16 million expansion project that Madison Precision Products officials announced in June 2013.

The addition, located at the west end of the facility, will be climate controlled to help with product quality control and to provide a better working environment for employees, human resources director Steve Massey said.

The 72,681-square-foot expansion also will help consolidate machinery and increase production in the variable cylinder management - or VCM - area.

Crews remain on schedule with the project even after abnormal winter weather this year, plant manager Don Bentley said, and officials plan to begin heating the area soon as work continues.

Company officials expect new production equipment to begin arriving next month, while other equipment will be moved from other locations within the current facility to the new area.

Officials plan to highlight the company's expansion in May when Madison Precision Products, a subsidiary of Metts Corp., will celebrate its 25-year anniversary. An open house event with activities, guest speakers and tours of the new addition are being planned.