The General Assembly is on board with the deal agreed to by Lockheed Martin and Gov. Dannel Malloy that will keep Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford for at least 16 more years. Both the State Senate and the House of Representatives passed measures during Wednesday\u2019s special session approving the deal reached last week between Sikorsky\u2019s parent company and Malloy. The Senate approved the deal 35-1, while the House voted 136-6. Eight House members did not vote. Under the plan, Sikorsky\u2019s Main Street headquarters would be used to produce nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopters through at least June 2032. As part of the plan, Sikorsky would have the chance to earn up to $220 million over the 16-year seal if it meets targets for employment, increased in-state supply chain spending and capital expenditures. The company would have to retain and grow a full-time employment base to more than 8,000 and nearly double its spending with suppliers throughout the state. The agreement can be extended beyond June 2032 should the underlying federal contract be lengthened, state officials said. Malloy on Wednesday praised the votes of the General Assembly. \u201cConnecticut is proud of its reputation as a worldwide aerospace leader, and I want to thank the leaders of the General Assembly and all of its members who voted today in support of a nearly unanimous, bipartisan bill to reaffirm our state\u2019s commitment to supporting high-quality, good-paying manufacturing jobs,\u201d Malloy said. \u201cThis is a bold, forward-thinking agreement that will not only support thousands of jobs at Sikorsky\u2019s headquarters, but also has a direct impact on hundreds of small businesses all across our state that serve as suppliers to Sikorsky and will benefit from the company\u2019s continued growth here. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman also supported the agreement. \u201cToday\u2019s votes highlight Connecticut\u2019s commitment to aerospace and defense \u2013 and the talented men and women who\u2019ve made us a national leader in the industry. \u00a0For years, we\u2019ve been making important investments in education, technical training, and workforce development. \u00a0We\u2019ve prioritized economic growth and improving the business climate. \u00a0These investments have made a difference,\u201d she said. Stay with The Stratford Star for more information on this story.