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King Expands Interiors Shop

 - October 31, 2012, 5:29 PM
King began construction in October on the 25,000-sq-ft shop.

Aircraft services provider King Aerospace (Booth No. 2879) has announced expansions at its Ardmore, Okla. facility to serve the customization, modification, refurbishment and completion of executive aircraft.

King began construction in October on the 25,000-sq-ft shop to accommodate cabinetry, upholstery and panel covering activities. The building will also house automated machinery for cutting leathers, fabrics and cabinetry materials. It is the first of four similarly sized buildings planned at the seven-acre site at Ardmore Airport. When finished, it will total 100,000 sq ft.

According to Jerry King, chairman and founder of King Aerospace, the new facilities will incorporate elements of aviation history unique to Ardmore, including the slab of the original Ardmore Air Field base headquarters office and the iconic flag pole bases.

The current 200,000-sq-ft Ardmore campus is comprised of four hangars and office space. An adjacent site has been identified for a fifth hangar totaling 100,000 sq ft and large enough to accommodate a Boeing 747-8.

Also at Ardmore, renovations are under way on a 5,000-sq-ft building on the airport’s south side. The near-term space will provide training facilities for King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KAAC) law enforcement customers or expanded interior shop capabilities. The lease also includes two acres surrounding the building for future expansion, as well as an option to lease another adjacent 30 acres for the same purpose.

“Our investment is an indication of our long-term commitment to the industry and our customer’s future needs,” said King. “For us, it’s not about maximizing revenue; it’s about our promises to our customers.”