Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, will expand its service center at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport in Brunswick, Ga. The business-jet aircraft manufacturer signed a lease with the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority to develop a $25 million, 110,000ft2 (10,219m2) maintenance repair and overhaul facility near its two existing hangars. The expansion is expected to create 100 additional jobs, a 50% increase in the size of Gulfstream Brunswick’s current workforce.
Groundbreaking is slated for later this year. Construction is scheduled to be completed by May 2015.
“Brunswick played a significant role in what was a record-setting 2013 for our service organization worldwide,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “The growth of our fleet has increased the demand for aircraft maintenance and refurbishment. Expanding in Brunswick keeps us well-positioned to continue to provide the best customer service and product support available.”
Attending the expansion announcement were Gulfstream Brunswick’s employees as well as state and local dignitaries, including Chris Carr, the head of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Gulfstream Brunswick, located about 75 miles south of Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah, Ga., has been a company site since 1992. It is home to a service center and completions facility spread over approximately 55,000ft2 (5,110m2) of hangar space. In 2013, its employees serviced more than 150 aircraft. The service center is a certified U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency, and Transport Canada repair station.
“This expansion would not be possible without the efforts of many, including Gov. Nathan Deal and his team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Glynn County commissioners, the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and the Glynn County Airport Commission,” said Jay Neely, vice president, Law and Public Affairs, Gulfstream. “We are very thankful for their support in ensuring this project’s success.”
Gov. Deal issued this statement: “We are honored when international companies such as Gulfstream choose to call Georgia home. Our more than 20-year partnership with Gulfstream underscores their faith in our business climate and skilled workforce. This expansion will have a significant economic impact on Brunswick and Glynn County.”
Gulfstream is also expanding its Savannah facilities through a $500-million, 7-year plan that has already resulted in more than 2,500 new Gulfstream jobs in 3 years.
Source: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.