Boeing and JAA Inaugurate $ 116 Million Facility at Cecil Airport | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

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Boeing Global Services CEO Ted Colbert said that when the company’s 370,000 square foot facility at Cecil Airport opens in 2023, it will be the first repair and overhaul site. digitally activated ‘from the aviation industry.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 27 for the eight-hangar complex in West Jacksonville, Colbert told federal, state and city officials at the event that the project will allow Boeing to understand maintenance needs and repair of US military planes prior to landing at Cecil.

“We don’t have to wait for the plane to arrive to be able to take it apart and do the analysis,” he said.

“We can get right to work using insight into the data to get the aircraft back into working order for critical missions around the world. “

The estimated $ 116.5 million project is a partnership between Boeing, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority and the city.

Boeing entered into a 25-year lease with JAA on Dec. 17 to expand the aerospace company’s 400,000 square foot operations to Cecil.

JAA CEO Mark VanLoh said ahead of the event that the aviation authority purchased steel for the project during the pandemic in order to control material costs, which have risen in recent months.

JAA will finance the project through debt financing. VanLoh told attendees on Oct. 27 that it was a challenge to overcome during what he called “this little financial crisis in the aviation industry over the past 18 months.”

“(JAA CFO) Ross (Jones) and his team came out and got funding for this whole project under (the) JAA umbrella in an impossible time with hundreds of Zoom calls and most airports are still trying to find their way, ”VanLoh said during the presentation.

JAA CEO Mark VanLoh speaks from the podium with Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez, left, watching.

The facility includes approximately 270,000 square feet of hangar space and more than 100,000 square feet of office and support store space on 57 acres, according to JAA.

VanLoh said Boeing’s MRO facility at Cecil will lead the aerospace industry in value for money, skills and technology.

“Their presence in Jacksonville, particularly here at Cecil Airport, is important in demonstrating this region’s leadership in the aerospace industry,” said VanLoh.

Jacksonville Pond-based architecture, engineering and construction firm and Haskell consulting firm are working on the facility.

According to the city’s economic development office, Boeing will create 334 jobs for the facility for an average annual salary of $ 65,000.

The new jobs will be in place by Dec.31, 2026, with a payroll of $ 21.7 million excluding benefits, according to city documents.

Boeing has expanded its workforce to Jacksonville. The aerospace company has opened the 23,000-square-foot Boeing Jacksonville Training Systems Center of Excellence at 6225 Lake Gray Blvd which Colbert says will employ 100 people.

Ahead of the ceremony, Colbert said the jobs will be new roles at Boeing. He said the growth of the company in Jacksonville “represents a real, solid foundation capacity” and could continue.

“Honestly, what really matters is that our teams have to execute and accomplish the mission that we have with our client,” he said.

“And if it works well, there could be more growth, right? “

The city is giving Boeing a grant of $ 425,000 to help with infrastructure spending estimated at $ 3 million for the project over three years.

At the grand opening, Mayor Lenny Curry said the grant would help pay for stormwater drainage areas, fencing and extending sewer, power and water lines.

“Creating jobs and expanding our aircraft manufacturing base here in Duval County is key to establishing innovative technology leadership,” said Curry.

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez said Boeing’s investment in Cecil was part of the state’s overall strategy to develop Florida’s aerospace industry.

Boeing has operated its existing MRO facilities at Cecil Airport since 1999. According to a press release, the company has modified and modernized 1,030 aircraft for the US Navy and Marine Corps, including the F / A-18 AD Hornet; F / A-18 E / F Super Hornet; and EA-18G Growler.

The company is also using Cecil to convert F / A-18 Super Hornets into flight demonstration aircraft for the Blue Angel Squadron and has modified the retired F-16s into autonomous aerial targets for the Air Force.

Boeing’s Flight Control Repair Center provides structural repairs to the F / A-18 AF; EA-18G and the Navy’s P-8 aircraft.

Colbert said Boeing and its military customers are finalizing the equipment that will be serviced at the new MRO facility.

JAA officials see the deal with Boeing as both a revenue driver and a marketing tool for Cecil Airport.

“We will definitely use this site to go out and find other developers and other vendors who want to be close to Boeing,” VanLoh said.

City Council Member Aaron Bowman, who is senior vice president of business development for the economic development arm of the JAXUSA partnership of the JAX Chamber, said the MRO facility will have hangars large enough to accommodate any US Department aircraft. of Defense in the inventory of the Navy or the Air Force.

He said it will be the first project in the 400-acre northeast section of Cecil Airport.

“The ground is clear. We have a lane here. It really shows anyone who is interested and needs a lot of space that we are available for them right now, ”Bowman said.

“Now to have Boeing here, obviously an internationally renowned company that said ‘this is where we want to be’ speaks loudly throughout the industry.”


Photo above: Boeing management and state and local authorities inaugurate the aerospace company’s new maintenance facility at Cecil Airport in West Jacksonville. From left to right, Warren Helm, site manager of Boeing Cecil Field; City Council Member and Senior Vice President of Business Development for the JAXUSA Partnership Aaron Bowman; Chairman of the Board Sam Newby; Board Member Randy White; Mark VanLoh, CEO of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority; Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez; Ted Colbert, CEO of Boeing Global Services; Mayor Lenny Curry; JAA board chairman Ray Alfred; Haskell President and CEO James L. O’Leary; and Pond President and Chief Operating Officer Lorraine Green.

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