October 7, 2010
A number of vacant buildings at the Salina Aviation Service Center may bring new businesses and more jobs for Salina.
Hawker Beechcraft announced last November that the Salina facility would close by February 2012. The company employs more than 200 employees in Salina.
"The good news is, we have companies that are considering lease agreements today. We have them in their hands. And we have companies that we have just started the process of determining the facility requirements," Tim Rogers, Salina Airport Authority Executive Director. "The new jobs will exceed the number of jobs that Hawker Beechcraft had."
Officials are targeting the aerospace industry to occupy buildings and hangars now leased by Hawker Beechcraft.
According to the Salina Airport website, they earned the recognition "America's Fuel Stop" after delivering almost 4 million gallons of fuel for more than 10,000 business jets and military aircraft every year.
"Because we're in the center of the country, that logistically makes sense for some of the companies to come here, where they can have a mid-continent reach," said Jim Gregory, consultant.