Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has expanded its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport with the opening of a newly-built aircraft maintenance facility.
The facility has been operational since 10 August. The nearly 190,000 square-foot building, northeast of the airport terminal, was constructed with an investment of approximately $40 million.
The expansion to the Appleton service centre includes 101,853 sq ft of hangar space, which will accommodate 12 Gulfstream G650ER or G650 aircraft. In addition to offices, back shops and general support space, the expansion adds a new sales and design centre and increased customer access to Gulfstream’s design portfolio.
“This is a very exciting day for Appleton and the entire Fox Valley,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream customer support. “This beautiful facility represents the most significant expansion we’ve had in the 20 years we’ve been here. It is a tremendous asset to our site and the community. It will help us enhance the reliability of our growing fleet, support more customers and elevate their experience, continue to maintain a high level of safety and provide a world-class workplace for our employees.
“We are thankful to General Dynamics, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Regional Partnership, the Outagamie County Executive, the Outagamie County Board of Supervisors and the town of Greenville Board for their essential support.”
Gulfstream will open four other expanded or new service centres in 2019 and 2020: Savannah, Georgia; Van Nuys, California; Palm Beach, Florida; and Farnborough, England.
Gulfstream Appleton is home to a service centre and a large-cabin completions facility spread over approximately 500,000 sq ft. In 2018, Appleton had nearly 500 aircraft visits.