Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems celebrated the opening of its new MRO facility last week at Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport near Nashville, Tennessee. The company had been operating from temporary facilities at the airport for the past two years after having moved there from Nashville International Airport. Work on the first customer aircraft commenced the day after the May 4 grand opening.
The new facility features a 40,000-sq-ft hangar and 17,000 sq ft of shop and office space. A hangar foam system was installed for fire prevention and to meet military contract requirements. Private offices are available for customers as well as a conference room and a kitchen. Stevens Aerospace has already made provisions to build an additional 40,000-sq ft MRO hangar next door.
Specializing in heavy maintenance and avionics work on King Air turboprops and Citation and Hawker jets, Stevens Aerospace also offers King Air Garmin G1000 retrofits and Raisbeck aerodynamic and Blackhawk engine upgrades.
“We’re unbelievably excited,” said Kenyon Blacker, general manager of the Tennessee facility. “This new purpose-built facility gives us the additional space we needed to hire additional technical and support staff and expand our customer base. The layout of the facility will also greatly improve efficiency, thereby allowing us to serve our customers better.”