Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Global Customer Support opened its 60,000-square-foot northeast maintenance facility at New Castle County Airport in Wilmington, Delaware, where it expects to create 100 jobs during the next five years.
The regional service center is full-service maintenance repair and overhaul facility offering airframe, engines, avionics and mobile service support for the company's entire product line from single-engine Bonanza aircraft to the super-midsize Hawker 4000.
The aircraft company said a highly-experienced and factory-trained team of maintenance professionals staff HBS Wilmington, which has 40,000 square feet of hangar space, 8,500 square feet of back shop space and 10,000 square feet of office space. HBS tailored the Wilmington facility to feel like the customer's home office while their aircraft is being serviced, with guest offices and workspace with full amenities such as computers, Wi-Fi access, printers and phones.
"HBS Wilmington will give our large installed base of operators in this region a convenient location for the world-class customer service and support they expect from the industry's largest factory-owned service center network," said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support. "With the help of the Delaware River and Bay Authority and Delaware Economic Development Office, HBS has transformed an existing training facility in Wilmington to meet the needs of our new northeast service center."
As an incentive the Delaware Economic Development Office awarded the company a $750,000 performance-based grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund to help the company create 100 new jobs.
"Hawker Beechcraft is ready to take off from Delaware, serving the company's entire northeast region from this new facility," said DEDO Director Alan Levin. "The state was proud to invest in this operation, which has already put many skilled Delawareans back to work and more jobs are on the horizon."