Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- The vacant Northwest Airlines maintenance building could have a new tenant.
A collaboration between the City of Duluth, Duluth Economic Development Authority, Apex and many others have been working on landing an airplane maintenance corporation's business in this unoccupied space.
At Lake Superior College, students are training for the future.
The integrated machine technology program is pretty exited about the surplus of manufacturing and maintenance jobs coming to the Northland.
"It's fabulous, we love to see more industry come to the area and create more jobs, especially for our students"
Including one airplane maintenance corporation AAR, which is interested in bringing 250 good paying jobs to Duluth.
"They are looking at their future and trying to determine that would increase their sales and whether the facility like ours could be part of that mix"
They would possibly fill the vacant, barb wired surrounded former Northwest Airlines maintenance building by the Airport.
"These guys are interested and we are interested in having them but anything could change"
Part of that mix would be the students and staff at LSC, who would and could change their curriculum to adapt to the ever changing job market in the Northland.
"We need to communicate, find out what's out there, what the needs are evolve with that"
No deal is set with AAR as of yet, but representatives say they are interested in the site, and in the Twin Ports region, which is fast becoming a hub for the airplane industry.
AAR would be leasing the building from The Duluth Economic Development Authority.
DEDA and AAR have been in negotiations since last summer.