AAR Lands in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The city of Duluth got some great news Tuesday.

AAR Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul group, signed a letter of intent with the city of Duluth to occupy the Northwest Airline Maintenance facility, bringing an estimated 200 jobs to the area.

The confirmation of a tenant for the former Northwest Airlines Maintenance building was a year in the making.

AAR began considering Duluth as a location to expand its maintenance repair and overhaul operations last spring.

AAR is the largest independent provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services in North America.

Their decision to come to Duluth brings with it the possibility of more than 200 good paying jobs to the area.

When the project started, city leaders knew exactly what they wanted to do with the facility...and who they wanted in there.

"We're not just going to turn this building into a warehouse. It's going to do what it is designed to do which is re-manufacture and work on aircraft. And so we looked to a list; let's create a list of the companies that do this kind of work, and at the absolute top of that list, was AAR corporation," Brian Hanson, DEDA Executive Director said.

While officials with AAR say they were impressed with the facility, it was something else that helped solidify their decision to set up shop in Duluth.

"What we were equally impressed, and in some cases more so on, was the people that are here. In the work that we do, the people and the talent that comes available to service our customers become increasingly difficult to find and to come across a place that had both the facility and that folks available was a real find," Danny Martinez, Vice President of AAR said.

AAR says they will be occupying the 152,000 square feet of the facility and could hire up to 225 employees.

The move part begins right away.

AAR plans to start getting the building ready immediately and plans to secure a customer for the Duluth operation later this summer.
Hiring could begin as early as this summer.

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