Salina Making Plans To Build Plane Painting Hangar

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Salina is moving toward attracting a business that could compete for a defense contract worth $1.5 billion over 10 years to rebuild and repaint military aircraft.

Salina Airport Authority head Tim Rogers on Tuesday told city planning commissioners that talks with an unnamed tenant at the facility are in the preliminary stages.

The commission approved the authority's application to replat airport property to clear the way for a 37,000 square-foot hangar to house the painting facility. The area, which is to be replatted into six lots, is on the east side of the airport runway.

Rogers said the authority already has two tenants -- Hawker Beechcraft and CAV Aerospace -- lined up to make use of the proposed paint hangar.

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