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West Star Aviation Expands Chattanooga, Tennessee, MRO Airport Operations

Full-service aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul MRO company, West Star Aviation will invest $17 million to expand its existing operations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs.

The company will retrofit one of its existing hangars at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to include a new design studio and will oversee the construction of a new 40,000-square-foot hangar with an additional 17,000 square feet of flooring.

“The local community and development programs have been a key part to aiding in the growth of West Star in the Chattanooga area. We are excited about the opportunity to continue to grow and add to the local workforce while expanding our facilities. We look forward to the long-term partnership with TNECD and appreciate the support of the aerospace industry in Tennessee,” said Jim Rankin, CEO, West Star Aviation.

Founded in 1947, West Star offers avionics installation, certification and repair for all major manufacturers, used and surplus avionics sales and exchanges, parts and accessory overhaul repair, custom paint, interior design, major modification and refurbishment. Since acquiring its Chattanooga operations in 2015, West Star has expanded its employment at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to more than 250 people.

“We appreciate West Star for its $17 million investment and for contributing to Chattanooga’s business landscape. This project would not be possible without strong leadership and partnership at the local level, and we would like to thank Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly and Chattanooga Airport Authority for being key drivers in making this win possible for Hamilton County,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe noted.

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