Bombardier Lands in Macon, GA
Macon, GA Mayor Robert Reichert and Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority Chairman Cliff Whitby have announced that Bombardier Aerospace will open a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.
The Canadian-based transportation giant will invest $2 million, employ 180 maintenance and support personnel and occupy the former Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA)Â building, a 91,808-square-foot facility.
â€śAs Georgia continues to pursue excellence in the aerospace sector, the relocation of Bombardier to the state is a great step in that direction,â€ť said Governor Sonny Perdue. â€śI join with the Macon community and the Middle Georgia region in welcoming yet another aerospace industry leader to the state.â€ť
The facility will be operated by Bombardier Customer Service and will complement the twoÂ Bombardier-owned commercial aircraft service centers in Bridgeport, WV and Tucson, AZ.
â€śThe investment in the Macon service center, as well as the new one at Schiphol (Airport in Amsterdam), is evidence of Bombardierâ€™s ongoing commitment to improve the maintenance support we offer our customers, and the 10-year contract with ASA is a testament to the quality we provide throughout our service centers,â€ť said James Hoblyn, president, Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft,
Bombardier Customer Services has signed a 10-year exclusive agreement with Georgia-based ASA, becoming the exclusive provider of heavy maintenance services for ASAâ€™s fleet of 150 CRJ aircraft (including 108 CRJ200, 38 CRJ700 and 10 CRJ900 models). “Bombardier Customer Services has proven to be a reliable heavy maintenance provider forÂ ASA’s Bombardier fleet and we are pleased to be extending our well-established partnership with Bombardier Customer Services in Macon,” said Ken Ashworth, Vice President, Maintenance, Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
â€śMacon and Middle Georgia is a strategic location for aerospace and aviation businesses and the state of Georgia is home to more than 500 firms that perform all facets of work in the aircraft maintenance industry.â€ťCommissioner Ken Stewart, Georgia Department of Economic Development said,
â€śWe have worked hard to maintain and expand industry in the Macon-Bibb County community and are therefore very pleased to have Bombardier conduct its operations here in conjunction with ASA,â€ť said Cliffard Whitby, Chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. â€śThis success reflects the quality of our skilled workforce and training and the cooperation and collaboration among community leaders.â€ť
Bombardier joins Boeing, Timco, Vought, Northrop Grumman and Robins Air Force Base, the largest industrial complex in the state, in Georgiaâ€™s Aerospace Corridor.
â€śWe are delighted that Bombardier has made the decision to locate at Middle Georgia Regional Airport; not only will this afford employment opportunities for the aircraft maintenance personnel who were displaced by ASAâ€™s relocation of their maintenance facility to Atlanta, it will bring a prestigious, international aircraft manufacturer to Macon and Middle Georgia,â€ť said Mayor Reichert.