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Bombardier facility in WV to expand, add jobs

SAM OWENS | Gazette-Mail file photo
In this photo from April 2016, one of the main workrooms at the Bombardier Aerospace facility in Bridgeport holds commercial aircraft going through repairs. State officials announced an expansion of the facility on Tuesday.

Bombardier is expanding its West Virginia Air Center in Bridgeport, a move officials said would generate about 150 jobs and double the size of the existing service center.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the announcement Tuesday at the Bombardier aerospace facility.

“Today’s expansion announcement by Bombardier represents continued momentum toward a stronger, more diversified state economy,” Tomblin said in a news release. “I thank and congratulate Bombardier, its leadership team and employees on this milestone. And I look forward to seeing the far-reaching impact of new jobs in North Central West Virginia.”

Bombardier’s service center at the North Central West Virginia Airport repairs parts of the company’s aircraft used by different commercial airlines. It is one of three commercial aircraft service centers in the United States.

The service center will expand from 145,000 square feet to 300,000 square feet, and the number of maintenance lines will increase from nine to 20. The expansion project is slated to begin in the spring of 2017.

“We’re excited with this growth plan for WVAC, as it confirms our commitment and ability to continue to deliver on the comprehensive service solutions that our customers have come to expect from us,” said Todd Young, vice president and general manager for Bombardier customer services. “In addition to serving our operators with improved turnaround times and enhanced service solutions, we are also pleased to be collaborating with the State of West Virginia on this project.”

After the expansion, the facility will provide maintenance services such as wheel and tire overhaul, non-destructive testing, tooling design and interior refurbishment for its aircraft.

The state Economic Development Authority gave initial approval in September for Bombardier to receive an additional $7 million to improve its Bridgeport facility in areas such as HVAC systems, security cameras and the repainting of the hangar’s exterior.

Reach Max Garland

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