|Posted on December 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM|
NEW COMMERCIAL AVIATION BUSINESS at the joint use airport.
Two companies working together to ensure delivery of Boeing's B787-9 to Boeing customers have chosen March Inland Port for their contractual obligations to the Boeing Company. The facility has everything they need to succeed. AMRO Fabricating Corporation is leasing a third of the existing airside facility located at the southeast portion of the airport. Under contract with Boeing, they will fabricate a host of Shipping Mechanical Equipment (SME) designed to fit sections of the B787-800-9. Parts of the aircraft are assembled around the world. SME are necessary in order to retrieve sections of the aircraft to be flown to one of Boeing's two assembly plants.
A specially designed Boeing 747- 400 is tasked with moving the sections. Atlas Air operates the aircraft for Boeing and will operate approximately one to two trips per month into March Inland Port to retrieve AMRO's SME.
"This operation is a great start in replacing aviation related jobs lost when the military base was realigned." said Gary Gosliga, Airport Director of civil airport authority. "The jobs generated by this operation are well paying engineering, fabricator and inspector positions with AMRO Fabricating Corporation, not to mention a host of support service companies and businesses such as contracted security companies, aircraft service companies, aircraft maintenance mechanics and even a large crane company."
To date, there are some 83 new "airport direct" jobs and untold indirect jobs and businesses supporting the new business. AMRO has stated that they will increase staffing over time to an estimated 126 positions; bringing "airport direct" jobs totals over 150."
The flight activity associated with the ne business is scarce resulting in minimal flight frequency over surrounding communities; while creating high tech, white and blue collar jobs right where we them... in Riverside County. The airport authority is hoping that the new business at March will draw similar business in the near future. The airport authority stands firm on creating economic growth in balance with surrounding communities ultimately sustaining a healthy quality of life for generations to come. This type of business and air operation appears to be a great example of how to do that.