West Star Aviation says the 60,000ft² (5,574m²) hangar it is building at its site in East Alton, Illinois, should be open for business at the end of Q4 2018.
The hangar includes 40,000ft² (3,716m²) of hangar space and 20,000ft² (1,858m²) of back shop and office space. West Star says it will enable the company to expand its existing aircraft maintenance programs. An additional 28 technicians will be hired to support the expansion, in addition to existing hiring efforts.
“With this hangar, we occupy over 380,000ft² (35,303m²) of hangar and shop space at St Louis Regional Airport,” said Scott Sweeney, general manager, West Star Aviation. “Having a new hangar provides us the necessary capacity to continue offering world-class service to our customers and ensure we meet scheduled deadlines.”