Gulfstream Aerospace will close its Long Beach, California maintenance and modification location as part of what it calls "facility optimization." Under the airframer’s plan, the Long Beach facility will be closed in phases, with maintenance work moving to Gulfstream’s Van Nuys service center and completions to its centers in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Savannah, Georgia. Plans call for all three of those facilities to have long-term workforce expansions.
Noting the recent construction of Van Nuys and expansion at Appleton and Savannah, Gulfstream said the Long Beach closure was the next step in its long-range facility modernization investments plan.
“We have made significant investments to modernize and strategically expand our operational capabilities in both our manufacturing and service networks,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “By leveraging these newer, more modern locations and synergies across the network, we can further enhance the overall experience for our customers, whether they’re taking delivery of a new aircraft or scheduling service.”
Gulfstream is encouraging Long Beach employees to apply for open positions in the company with an emphasis on Van Nuys, Appleton, and Savannah. The Van Nuys facility is 45 miles away from Long Beach.
In August 2019, Gulfstream completed a $40 million expansion in Appleton, followed a month later by a $55 million MRO expansion at its Savannah headquarters. That December, it opened a new MRO at Van Nuys, where it is co-located with sister company Jet Aviation, which operates a 52,000-sq-ft FBO and parking hangar.
Long Beach was last expanded in 2015 when Gulfstream added a 19,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and 10,000 more sq ft of support and office space.