Gulfstream Aerospace expands MRO in Appleton

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has expanded its maintenance, repair and overhaul operations at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport with the opening of a new aircraft maintenance facility.

The nearly 190,000 square-foot building, situated northeast of the airport terminal, was built with an investment of approximately $40 million and has been operational since 10 August.

The expansion to the Appleton service centre includes 101,853sq.ft. of hangar space, which will accommodate 12 Gulfstream G650ER or G650 aircraft.

The facility houses offices, back shops and general support space as well as a new sales and design center and increased customer access to Gulfstream’s design portfolio.

Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Customer Support said the facility represents “the most significant expansion we’ve had in the 20 years we’ve been here” and called it a “tremendous asset” to the site and community.

He added: “It will help us enhance the reliability of our growing fleet, support more customers and elevate their experience, continue to maintain a high level of safety and provide a world-class workplace for our employees.

Gulfstream Appleton’s new facility has several sustainable features including sensitive land protection, rainwater management system, enhanced control systems for heating and cooling, optimised energy performance and electric vehicle charging stations. The company expects it will receive the US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Announced back in February 2018, the project has resulted in nearly 100 new jobs at the center, with the potential for more in the next few years.

The company will open four other expanded or new service centers in 2019 and 2020: Savannah, Georgia; Van Nuys, California; Palm Beach, Florida; and Farnborough, England.

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