Pilatus Business Aircraft today broke ground on a new consolidated center at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colo., that the company said will accommodate anticipated growth in its aircraft sales and deliveries. The facility, which will become the headquarters for Pilatus’s completions, sales and support activities in North and South America, will span 118,000 sq ft.
Pilatus has had a base at the Rocky Mountain airport since 1996, completing more than 1,000 PC-12 turboprop singles and managing North and South America sales and service in various leased facilities on the airport. The new center will consolidate those activities.
The facility was sized to accommodate an increase in employment and completions work as Pilatus brings its new PC-24 light jet to market, Pilatus said. The company expects to hire 60 more people, in addition to the 80 already at Broomfield, as it ramps up full production of the jet by 2020.
The new center is slated to open in spring of 2018 with the completions and support business the first to move into the facility. Tectonic Management Group of Wheat Ridge, Colo., is overseeing the design, architectural and construction management services.