Cessna’s Mesa Center Nearly Ready for Business

 - October 15, 2008, 12:35 PM

Cessna Aircraft’s new service center in Mesa, Ariz., will open in January, replacing the company’s facility in Long Beach, Calif. Cessna made the move to expand its Western U.S. capability because space to expand at Long Beach simply wasn’t available. So far, more than 65 percent of the Long Beach workforce has accepted an offer to move to Mesa, according to Cessna. In building the new service center, Cessna was able to employ Six Sigma techniques in the facility’s design and workflow set-up, which should help technicians work more efficiently and “perform Citation aircraft maintenance with increased velocity,” said Stan Younger, vice president of service facilities. Randy Soutiere will be general manager of the Mesa base. Cessna also announced expansion of its Greensboro, N.C. service center, the selection of Taneja Aerospace & Aviation in India and Kinch Aviation in the UK as new factory-authorized Citation service facilities and corporate approval to build a new factory-owned service center in Spain. The Spain facility is slated to open for business in late 2010.