Flying Colours Corp has begun work on a 6,500ft² extension of its cabinetry finishing shop at its facility in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The addition will double the workshop’s footprint, as well as its capacity for processing cabinetry monuments. The company says this will enable projects to be completed in a shorter time span, reducing aircraft downtime. The extension is scheduled for completion by April 2016.
The extended facility will accommodate two new downdraft tables (which collect the fine dust particles produced during the finishing process) as well as a new downdraft spray booth (which incorporates a bake cycle, supporting the complex process of varnishing wood veneer). The workshop has been designed to maximize light, to aid the inspection of cabinetry components.
Flying Colours Corp is also updating its customer offices to emulate the onboard environments it creates. The offices will feature custom glass walls, custom-made hardwood floors and leather furniture. The contemporary design was created by Flying Colours’ in-house design team. In addition, a VIP lounge dedicated to customers will incorporate custom brick and glass elements, an entertainment system including HD TV screens, and a refreshment area. These facilities are scheduled for completion at the end of February 2016.
The company says the expansion is driven by an increase in the number of new projects it has taken on in the last 12 months. “We are seeing more work coming from a number of Bombardier Global projects, as well as a rise in the number of mid-to-large-size refurbishments coming through the doors,” said Sean Gillespie, executive vice president at Flying Colours Corp. “The increased demand for work on larger-type aircraft and our Global ASF status means we need to match customer expectations in terms of their experience when visiting us. We know their standards are high and we want to meet and exceed them, both in terms of our quality of work and how we take care of them on site.”
February 18, 2016