Boeing plans to expand its existing maintenance, repair and overhaul operations at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The plans include the creation of 400 new jobs and a 25-year lease agreement with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.
According to JAXUSA Partnership, the new facilities, which will include nearly 270,000 square feet of hangar space and more than 100,000 square feet of office and support shop space, will be constructed by JAA and leased to Boeing to replace the existing Boeing Cecil Field site footprint.
“This investment in facility improvements supports our ability to deliver on current and future defense services work at the Cecil Field site and aligns with Boeing’s infrastructure optimization efforts,” said Warren Helm, Boeing Cecil Field site leader. “We collaborate continuously with our U.S. defense customers to ensure our modification capabilities can support their readiness objectives in strategic locations around the globe. This new agreement builds upon that commitment.”
Construction is expected to begin fall 2021 and completed in January 2024.
“Florida is attracting the biggest names in aerospace and this announcement with Boeing marks another milestone for the industry’s expansion in our state,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. “We congratulate Boeing and the City of Jacksonville for this important achievement, which will help sustain economic recovery in Northeast Florida at a critical time.”
Boeing has been operating at Cecil Field since 1999 and is one of the company’s longest standing locations. Its Jacksonville operations support U.S. government contracts for the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
“This announcement is one of the most significant in the JAA’s history and a testament to what an economic powerhouse Cecil Airport is for Northeast Florida,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Mark VanLoh noted.