March 01, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Laurentian Aerospace To Break Ground On Plattsburgh Facility In April

Facility Would Initially Employ More Than 200 People With Plans To Increase To 900 Over The Next Five Years

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Laurentian Aerospace Corporation will break ground on a state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Plattsburgh, New York.  Laurentian secured funding for the $175 million facility designed to service wide-body aircraft.  Ground breaking on the facility will take place in April at Plattsburgh International Airport. Laurentian initially plans to hire 200 to 300 employees and potentially up to 900 over the next five years. 

“Investment in this kind of state-of-the-art technology is vital for New York to stay competitive in the 21st Century,” Senator Gillibrand said.  “Laurentian Aerospace’s new facility will allow Plattsburgh International airport to better and more efficiently serve consumers, as well as add much needed jobs to the local economy. I hope that this large operation will help attract other aerospace suppliers and companies to Plattsburgh as well.”

Laurentian Aerospace Corporation’s 260,000 square foot two-bay hangar MRO facility will be capable of servicing all wide-body aircrafts with the exception of the Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-800.  The new software and laser-guided docking systems will mean significant time and cost savings for airlines. 

Laurentian Aerospace expects construction on the new facility to take 18 months and commercial operations are expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2012.  This operation could lead to more aerospace supplies companies locating to Plattsburgh in the near future.