Commercial Jet Inc. will invest $12 million to open a new 400,000-square-foot facility at Dothan Regional Airport in Dale County, Alabama. The new facility will more than triple the company’s capacity to provide freighter conversion and maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
The new maintenance facility will include multiple hangars, back shops, stores and offices, with extensive apron space for aircraft parking and servicing. A phased construction has been started by Dothan Houston County Airport Authority, with plans to complete the final building this October.
“Our new facility will broaden our ability to deliver high-quality integrated aviation services to commercial airlines and aircraft owners and operators,” said David M. Sandri, company president.
John Schildroth, vice president and general manager for the Dothan facility, said Commercial Jet plans to hire several hundred trained and experienced aircraft technicians in the local market within the next few years. “We are already getting a flow of new orders for our new facility, which will be open for business as soon as May of this year,” he said.
“I am proud that the State of Alabama could play a key role in providing hundreds of new jobs for the people of the Wiregrass area,” Gov. Robert Bentley said. “We know that Alabama is the ideal location for the aerospace and aviation industries. This announcement further strengthens our emerging role as an aerospace leader in the Southeast.”