HAECO Americas, a leader in the MRO Industry, will be expanding its operations in Lake City, Florida. This project will bring a $2 million capital investment and create 400 jobs in Columbia County.
The HAECO Lake City facility maintains the taxiways, parking ramps and engine run-up areas for the Lake City Airport. HAECO also maintains an FAA-approved control tower, which is staffed by FAA-certified controllers during daylight hours, providing all-weather operations.
Located about 60 miles west of Jacksonville, HAECO Lake City has over 600,000 square feet of covered hangar space and more than 1.3 million sq. ft. of ramp area. The complex includes six hangars for airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), as well as a dedicated, two-bay, strip and paint hangar.
Kip Blakely, HAECO Americas’ Vice President for Customer and Government Relations, said “HAECO Americas is delighted to have the opportunity to expand its capabilities and capacity in Columbia County. Lake City has been a great home for us for decades, and we are pleased to be able to expand the opportunities this creates for us and our customers in developing aviation talent in north Florida.”
Executive Vice President/COO of Enterprise Florida Crystal Sircy said, “HAECO is a leader in the MRO industry and this expansion helps Florida solidify its position as the leading state for MRO. We appreciate HAECO’s continued commitment to the Lake City region and know they will continue to find the highly-skilled workforce they need to grow in the state.”
Partners in the expansion include Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Columbia County, City of Lake City, CareerSource Florida and Enterprise Florida.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Florida is home to more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies, employing 80,000 workers across the state. HAECO’s expansion and the creation of 400 additional high-tech, high-wage jobs is great news for families in and around Lake City.”
Executive Director of Columbia County Economic Development Glenn J. Hunter said, “Lake City and Columbia County are proud of the progress and expansion HAECO Americas has brought and is continuing to bring to our community. We are especially excited for the job opportunities for our local citizens. We look forward to continued success and growth and are proud to be a partner.”