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Marshall USA Establishes Greensboro, North Carolina, MRO Hub

Marshall USA, a subsidiary of the U.K.’s largest privately owned aerospace and defense business, will establish a maintenance and engineering facility at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The $50 million project is expected to create 240 jobs.

The new facility will support the company’s current and future U.S. Armed Forces contracts, with Phase 1 comprising capacity to support six C-130 slots along with a paint facility, support shops, and office space.

“We believe Greensboro is the ideal home of our U.S. Aerospace operations and are very grateful for the exceptional support and partnership we have received from Greensboro City Council and the State Government of North Carolina,” said Marshall Group CEO Kathy Jenkins. “We are excited to put over 55 years of C-130 experience to work in providing an unmatched standard of in-country support for existing and new US-based partners and customers.”

Marshall Aerospace’s project in North Carolina will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project is estimated to grow the state’s economy by $1.9 billion. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by 243 new jobs, and a required capital investment of $33 million, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $2,374,200, spread over 12 years.

State payments only occur following performance verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.

“The aviation and aerospace sector continues to prove its significant role in the North Carolina economy,” noted Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Companies around the world like Marshall Aerospace respect and are rewarding our state’s commitment to the specialized workforce development programs that bring success in today’s global economy.”

Because Marshall Aerospace chose a site in Guilford County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving $263,800 into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even when new jobs are created in a Tier 2 county such as Guilford, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities elsewhere in the state.

“We are pleased Marshall Aerospace has chosen North Carolina and is joining an expanding aerospace landscape at Piedmont Triad International Airport,” added Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “North Carolina has consistently proven that it’s the best state to do business, and companies like Marshall Aerospace are attracted to our available workforce, workforce development programs and existing successful aerospace industry.”

Cambridge, United Kingdom-based Marshall Aerospace provides a wide range of services including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, Technical Services and Support, Design Changes and Modifications and specialist Training for 18 C-130 operators across the globe. The company has locations in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Canada and USA.

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) worked with the North Carolina Department of Commerce on the project as well as other key partners including North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford Tech Community College, the Piedmont Triad International Airport, Duke Energy, the City of Greensboro, Guilford County, the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

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