With its first A320 completion job due to arrive in February, Comlux Completion USA of Indianapolis has begun investing $3.4 million in phase two of a major facilities upgrade, including tooling and equipment, in anticipation of more interior work on the ACJ series.
As part of the upgrade, Comlux is taking over a vacant building across from the current hangar so it can integrate all its back shops under a single roof. The company already has two hangars–one 25,000 sq ft and another 22,000 sq ft. Phase two calls for the investment of another $46.3 million in a new hangar capable of accommodating widebody bizliners.
According to CEO David Edinger, Comlux is working to solidify an agreement with another Indianapolis International Airport resident to do exterior paint and a share of aircraft maintenance projects.
Comlux Completions USA decided to remain in Indianapolis after Comlux parent company The Aviation Group of Zurich acquired Indianapolis Jet Center last year. The decision was formally announced in July. The Aviation Group of Zurich is a partner with Airbus in the Airbus Corporate Jet Center completion facility in Toulouse, France.
Design and engineering work on the first Comlux Completion USA A320 has already begun. Meanwhile, the former Indianapolis Jet Center is at work on a number of maintenance and refurbishment projects on smaller business jets.
Edinger said Comlux is also hiring, primarily in cabinetry, engineering and sheet metal, as part of the first phase of expansion. Phase two, he said, will include hiring for upholstery and interior installation.