Hawker Beechcraft Corporation broke ground today to expand their Hawker Beechcraft Services aircraft maintenance and service facility at the Indianapolis International Airport. The $14 million investment will include dramatic enhancements that consist of a state-of-the-art maintenance center and the creation of up to 50 new jobs.
“Our commitment to providing superior service and support to our customers worldwide is displayed today as we celebrate the ground breaking of our Indianapolis HBS facility expansion,” said Bill Brown, president, Global Customer Service and Support. “This development, in addition to the new Mesa HBS facility announced earlier this year, is part of a major growth plan for HBS.”
The ground-breaking ceremony took place near the current Pierson Drive location. The facility expansion will include a new 6,500-square-foot terminal and a 40,000-square-foot service hangar with 20,000 square feet of back shops and administrative offices.
The expanded facility will serve as a factory service center for the company’s entire aircraft line. The new facility is expected to open during the second quarter, 2009 with 24-hour operations beginning within several months of the opening.
Indianapolis is one of nine U.S. locations where HBS is planning to significantly expand its customer service and maintenance offerings. HBS has leased space in Indianapolis for 37 years and has 43 full-time employees. HBS expects to add an additional 40 to 50 jobs over the next three to five years once the development is complete.