StandardAero moves engine service back to Springfield

StandardAero moves engine service back to Springfield


StandardAero refurbishes corporate aircraft at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. File/The State Journal-Register

By TIM LANDIS (tim.landis
Posted Sep 30, 2010 @ 12:01 AM

An aircraft engine inspection operation that moved to Arkansas in 2004 is back at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
StandardAero decided to return the engine service center to its facility in Springfield because of customer demand, company spokesman Mike Turner said Tuesday. Turner said the move won’t significantly increase employment in Springfield, but bringing the work back to the local airport will help assure the future of 230 existing jobs.
“This is customer-driven. Our Springfield facility is our largest business-aviation facility,” said Mike Turner.
Turner said no local or state incentives were involved in the decision. The Springfield plant, which operated for decades as Garrett Aviation, does maintenance, refurbishing and repainting of corporate aircraft from around the world.
The service center provides periodic inspection of aircraft engines, and the company said additional engine lines could be added. Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, parent company of StandardAero, bought the local plant in 2007.
Turner said some equipment was moved from Arkansas to Springfield, and engine manufacturer Honeywell Corp. had to approve the relocation.

A strategic decision
Turner said moving the Springfield service center to Little Rock, Ark. in 2004 was part of a realignment of aeronautic operations. He said moving the facility back to Springfield — a service center also remains in Little Rock — resulted from customer demand for one-stop corporate aircraft services.
Turner said a few jobs could be added as a result of the decision, but ong-term expansion depends on the economy.
“Our business has increased, but that has more to do with growth in market share as opposed to an overall increase in business,” Turner said.
Workers at the Springfield plant were among more than 100 laid off at four plants nationwide in early 2009 as a result of the recession.

An airport anchor
Springfield vice president and general manager Mike Menard also said in a statement the decision helps assure the future of the local plant.
“Our customers tell me regularly that this effort shows a long-term commitment to this StandardAero facility and our continuing presence in the market,” said Menard.
Airport executive director Mark Hanna said StandardAero not only is among the largest employers at the airport, corporate aircraft flown to the facility are a significant source of aviation-fuel sales.
“This is good for everyone,” said Hanna.
Tim Landis can be reached at 788-1536

About StandardAero
* Corporate headquarters: Tempe, Ariz.; subsidiary of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.
* Annual revenues: $1.4 billion.
* Specializes in engine maintenance, repair and overhaul of corporate aircraft, including airframes, painting and interior refurbishing.
* The Springfield plant operated for decades as Garrett Aviation. Dubai Aerospace purchased the facility in 2007.

Copyright 2010 The State Journal-Register.


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