Duncan Aviation, a family-owned aircraft maintenance and repair company, plans on expanding at its facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. The $30 million project is expected to create 61 jobs.
According to state officials, the company must expand in order to maintain its market share and plans on expanding at its Battle Creek facility, where it will add one hangar, three support buildings and a new vehicle maintenance building.
“At Duncan Aviation, we are excited to expand on over twenty-four years of success in Michigan.?This new facility will provide dozens of career opportunities for members of our local community and opportunities for advancement by our existing team members,” said Duncan Aviation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Andy Richards. “We appreciate the ongoing support from the state of Michigan and the city of Battle Creek.?We couldn't ask for better partners.”
The project is being supported by a $488,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. In addition, Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority and city of Battle Creek have offered $2.5 million to assist with the addition of a tarmac around the hangar.
“Duncan Aviation is an exemplary company, providing high-quality, good-paying jobs. Duncan Aviation is always at the table partnering with the city of Battle Creek, BCU, and community stakeholders to develop workforce and economic development solutions,” said Battle Creek Unlimited President and CEO Joe Sobieralski. “We are thrilled they chose Battle Creek to expand once again, growing to nearly 700 employees in the city of Battle Creek.”
Duncan Aviation provides aircraft services for a wide variety of business aircraft at its 39 facilities across the United States. The company currently employs 638 people at its location in Battle Creek.