WILMINGTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc. (AMES) and the Clinton County Port Authority have completed the necessary arrangements to proceed with the financing and construction of a new hangar facility at the Wilmington Air Park.
After nearly two years of careful planning, construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in January and will take approximately 12-14 months to complete. Preparation of the construction site is already underway. When finished, the 100,000-sq-ft facility will be capable of housing multiple aircraft as large as a Boeing 747-400 or Boeing 777-300ER. The hangar will be owned by the Port Authority and occupied by AMES.
“This is a complex project that required extensive coordination between state and local entities, both public and private,” said AMES President Brady Templeton.
The project, negotiated with JobsOhio, Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG), AMES and the Port Authority, represents not only the development of a new $15.5 million hangar at the Wilmington Air Park, but the creation of 259 new jobs. In addition to the State of Ohio financing package of over $14 million that was negotiated, the Port Authority agreed to additional financial incentives and other donations amounting to just over $3 million, from its own resources. Local grants from the City of Wilmington, Clinton County and the Wilmington Community Improvement Corporation for this project amounted to $525,000.
Port Authority Chairman David Hockaday said, “In the spirit of cooperation we have been able to negotiate this complex deal with the Company and the State of Ohio. We are especially grateful to the City, the County, the Wilmington CIC and the Wilmington City School District for their contributions to this project. The creation of 259 new jobs by AMES will provide a much needed boost to our local economy.”
The project represents an expansion in hangar capacity of almost 50 percent for AMES, and will result in the eventual creation of hundreds of new jobs. “We are already recruiting additional personnel,” noted AMES Director of Human Resources Debbie Loveless, “and we will continue to ramp up employment through the construction phase.” At the end of a three-year period, it is anticipated that AMES employment at the Wilmington Air Park will exceed 640 individuals.
JobsOhio – in collaboration with local county, city, and school entities – formulated a nearly $14.6 million financing package to assist the Port Authority in construction. The financing will be repaid though a long-term lease of the facility. AMES’ parent company, ATSG, has agreed to guarantee this lease.
The new hangar will be located in the center of the Air Park, adjacent to the existing hangar complex which is currently being utilized by AMES. The location was chosen because of its close proximity to the existing hangars, the availability of utilities and the ability to utilize existing ramp space at the Air Park.
About the Clinton County Port Authority
The Port Authority is a special purpose government body, under Ohio law, formed by the Clinton County Commissioners in 2004 to lead economic development in Clinton County, Ohio. A primary function of the Clinton County Port Authority is the creation and retention of jobs in Wilmington and Clinton County. The Port Authority also owns and manages the Wilmington Air Park, a 1,900 acre facility with two parallel, commercial runways and nearly 3 million sq. ft. of building space. The Port Authority works with regulatory agencies, development agencies and the community to bring economic growth to the county. Learn more at www.wilmingtonairpark.com.
About Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc.
AMES is a one-stop aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider with an exceptional record of supplying timely, reliable, and cost-effective services in Heavy Maintenance, Line Maintenance, Engineering and Manufacturing, Component Repair and Overhaul, and Material Sales. AMES is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ:ATSG). Visit AMES on the web at www.airbornemx.com.
About Air Transport Services Group, Inc.
ATSG is a leading provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the World's largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. Through its principal subsidiaries, including three airlines with separate and distinct U.S. FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services. ATSG's subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc.; Airborne Global Solutions, Inc.; Air Transport International, Inc.; Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc.; Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc.; and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc. Learn more at www.atsginc.com.