Gulfstream Aerospace is investing $35 million in a new 160,000-sq-ft MRO at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas, marking the latest in the company’s major expansion plans for its customer support efforts, the company announced today. Subject to approval from the board of directors of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics, plans call for groundbreaking the third quarter on a center that will house hangar space, back shops, and employee and customer offices.
Once opened later next year, the facility would complement Gulfstream’s existing site about 35 miles away at Dallas Love Field. Gulfstream expects to shift about 150 to 200 of the staff at Dallas Love Field to the new site. In addition, the Fort Worth center is anticipated to result in the creation of 50 more jobs.
Meanwhile, between 30 to 80 employees would remain at Love Field to provide on-site and transient operators with maintenance and service. Further, Gulfstream’s midcabin aircraft completions business in Dallas, encompassing 350 employees and five hangars, will remain at Love Field.
“Alliance Airport is a great location,” said Derek Zimmerman, president of Gulfstream Customer Support. “It is an established airport for business aviation operators, has an outstanding infrastructure, and is appropriately sized for our operations. It is also the home of a growing aviation school, which will help us continue to develop both new and existing employees.”
Alliance further hosts major Amazon and FedEx shipping locations.
Gulfstream announced plans for the new center on Thursday alongside state and local dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) as well as personnel from Tarrant County College’s Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Logistics, and Transportation.
Gulfstream is embarking on the new center following the opening of maintenance facilities last year in Appleton, Wisconsin; Savannah; and Van Nuys, California. In addition, the company is opening other new facilities this year in Palm Beach, Florida; and Farnborough, England.
These come as Gulfstream’s in-service fleet has grown to more than 2,900 worldwide. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, more than 50 aircraft are based, Gulfstream said.