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Bombardier Aerospace Opens Facility in Macon, Georgia
Mayor Robert Reichert and Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority Chairman, Cliffard Whitby, announced today that Bombardier Aerospace will open a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. The Canadian based transportation giant will invest $2 million, employ 180 maintenance and support personnel and occupy the former Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) 91,808 sf facility.
“As Georgia continues to pursue excellence in the aerospace sector, the relocation of Bombardier to the state is a great step in that direction,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “I join with the Macon community and the Middle Georgia region in welcoming yet another aerospace industry leader to the state.”
The facility will be operated by Bombardier Customer Service and will complement the two Bombardier-owned commercial aircraft service centers in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Tucson, Arizona.
“The investment in the Macon service center, as well as the new one at Schiphol, is evidence of Bombardier’s ongoing commitment to improve the maintenance support we offer our customers,” said James Hoblyn, president, Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, “and the 10-year contract with ASA is a testament to the quality we provide throughout our service centers.”
Bombardier Customer Services has signed a 10-year exclusive agreement with Georgia-based ASA, becoming the exclusive provider of heavy maintenance services for ASA’s fleet of 150 CRJ aircraft (including 108 CRJ200, 38 CRJ700 and 10 CRJ900 models).
"Bombardier Customer Services has proven to be a reliable heavy maintenance provider for ASA's Bombardier fleet and we are pleased to be extending our well-established partnership with Bombardier Customer Services in Macon," said Ken Ashworth, Vice President, Maintenance, Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
Commissioner Ken Stewart, Georgia Department of Economic Development says, ” Macon and Middle Georgia is a strategic location for aerospace and aviation businesses and the state of Georgia is home to more than 500 firms that perform all facets of work in the aircraft maintenance industry.”
“We have worked hard to maintain and expand industry in the Macon-Bibb County community and are therefore very pleased to have Bombardier conduct its operations here in conjunction with ASA,” said Cliffard Whitby, Chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. “This success reflects the quality of our skilled workforce and training and the cooperation and collaboration among community leaders.”
Bombardier joins Boeing, Timco, Vought, Northrop Grumman and Robins Air Force Base, the largest industrial complex in the state, in Georgia’s Aerospace Corridor.
“We are delighted that Bombardier has made the decision to locate at Middle Georgia Regional Airport; not only will this afford employment opportunities for the aircraft maintenance personnel who were displaced by ASA’s relocation of their maintenance facility to Atlanta, it will bring a prestigious, international aircraft manufacturer to Macon and Middle Georgia,” said Mayor Robert Reichert. “City council is to be applauded for their support for this project,” continued Reichert.
Sam Hart, Bibb County Commissioner, said “We welcome Bombardier and look forward to the potential for new activity and a new mission at the airport. Replacing a national company with an international company will enhance employment opportunities and keep existing jobs. Welcome Bombardier!”
About Bombardier Aerospace
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
Bombardier and CRJ100/200/700/900 aircraft are either registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
About the Macon Economic Development Commission
The mission of the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC) is to attract, sustain and grow primary jobs and investment in Macon and Bibb County. The MEDC is a private/public agency funded by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, City of Macon, Bibb County and the Macon Water Authority to develop and implement the Marketing Strategy for economic development activity in Macon and Bibb County and to act as the single point of contact for economic development activity in Macon and Bibb County.