Dayton, Ohio – There will be 150 new positions created at Dayton International Airport as a result of the opening of two new airplane maintenance facilities by Sierra Nevada Corporation, an engineering business with connections to national security, military, and space projects.
In a joint statement Monday afternoon, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office and the Dayton Development Coalition announced that the new facilities will be built. JobsOhio reports that this will be the first private sector facility to maintain and repair military aircraft in the Dayton region since WWII.
The new facilities will be built on 16 acres at the airport, with construction already beginning on the first structure. The ceremonial groundbreaking will take place on Wednesday.
“Following a nationwide search to find the location best suited to meet SNC’s growing customer needs, we are excited to continue our expansion in the large aircraft MRO field in Dayton and the Miami Valley,” said Mark Williams, senior vice president strategy at SNC.
“Dayton’s extensive supply chain, highly skilled workforce, and proven standing as a logistics hub make the Dayton International Airport our first choice to further strengthen the expertise and robust production infrastructure that have made SNC the go-to leader in large aircraft heavy maintenance, modification, and integration markets.”
As stated by SNC, the firm includes departments that specialize in post-production modifications for a variety of commercial and military aircraft, with all of the company’s special mission upgrades being done at the company’s present manufacturing sites in Colorado.
As Gov. DeWine stated in a press release, “the corporation’s decision to locate in close proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Life Cycle Management Center, and the Air Force Research Laboratory recognizes the immeasurable value of the Dayton region and its competitive advantage in accelerating our nation’s defense and aerospace programs.”
“This is a great day for the Dayton International Airport and the Dayton Community. The economic growth the Airport and surrounding communities will see because of this project is likely to be substantial,” Gil Turner, Director of Aviation at the Dayton International Airport said in an emailed statement “Not to mention that Sierra Nevada’s new hangars is going to be a sight to behold.”