Airplane maintenance and repair company Aviation Technical Services (ATS) on Thursday opened a new parts-repair facility just south of Boeing's Everett plant, securing 100 skilled mechanics' jobs and making plans to hire another 100 within two years.
Boeing last year took over one of ATS' large buildings at the other end of Paine Field to do rework on 787 Dreamliners.
That meant the Everett-based business needed a new facility for its parts work. Chief Executive Matt Yerbic says ATS looked nationally for the best location, but the depth of the aerospace industry in Snohomish County persuaded him to keep the work at Paine Field.
With 300 aerospace companies within 50 miles, Yerbic says, if he needs something done in a hurry - whether that's a composite part hardened in an autoclave or a piece of machined metal that's too complex for his 3-axis milling machines - he can send it out and get it done in a day.
"That proximity, you can't beat it," he says.
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