Gulfstream to expand Savannah facility; gets NetJets award

 - September 21, 2006, 8:09 AM

Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss has announced plans for a $300 million, seven-year expansion of the company’s manufacturing and service facilities in Savannah, Ga. The facility’s square footage will increase approximately 70 percent by 2012, resulting in an increase of about 1,100 jobs, a 25-percent jump from the current employment level of 4,300 people. First opened in 1967, Gulfstream’s Savannah headquarters site includes initial phase manufacturing for the Gulfstream G550, G500, G450 and G350. The site also includes one of the company’s five final-phase manufacturing facilities and the largest of Gulfstream’s 12 service centers.

The company’s long-range facilities master plan includes a new 570,000-sq-ft service center–more than twice the size of the existing facility. The new service center will be constructed on 76.6 acres and will include an independent fuel farm and a 42,600-sq-ft paint hangar. The current 209,000-sq-ft Savannah service center will be converted into a manufacturing facility with a 222,000-sq-ft manufacturing building to be constructed directly adjacent to it.

Also, Gulfstream Aerospace is the recipient of the NetJets Annual Performance Award for maintenance excellence. “We are honored to have been chosen by NetJets to receive this highly coveted award,” said Larry Flynn, Gulfstream’s president of product support. “We value NetJets’ opinion of the service we provide. We thank them for this very public recognition.”

NetJets’ first Annual Performance Award was presented by Don Crauswell, director for fleet-base maintenance at NetJets Services, to the 25-employee Dallas-based maintenance team and supporting personnel who provide maintenance for the fleet of 18 G200s. NetJets developed the Annual Performance Award to foster a competitive spirit among business jet manufacturers that supply its aircraft.