Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Big news out of Superior tonight from the the CEO of Kestrel Aircraft.
Alan Klapmeier announced the new headquarters of Kestrel and the Superior business community couldn't be happier.
In the city of Superior, this old building is about to have a new occupant.
"We'll be moving into the old post office here in downtown Superior"
That's Alan Klapmeier, CEO of Kestrel Aircraft.
A company that is bringing big job growth to Superior.
600 jobs to be exact, his company will be building the K–350 airplane at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
As for the new headquarters...
"We'll be building a new facility at the Winter Street industrial park, then eventually at the Superior Airport but neither of those can be completed in time"
Businesses leaders say the new temporary headquarters will provide a big boost for downtown Superior.
"Everybody is exited and Kestrel is one of those great additions that just make it pop so we are thrilled to have him.
At Superior's annual Business Improvement District meeting, members say Klapmeier's economic boost came at the right time for the city of Superior.
"It's an exiting time to bring upscale jobs. These aren't lowscale. They are upscale, engineers, ect. Plus a product that has the capability of becoming known world wide coming from the city of Superior, Wisconsin."
Klapmeier is confident his company is just one of many revitalizing downtown Superior.
"In addition there's other good things going on, other business relocating here, businesses here are thinking about growing so I think there is a general growing positive attitude and it is just fun to be a part of that"
Kestrels temporary headquarters will employee 35 people at first and keeping growing as time ticks away.
Hiring has already started for Kestrel.
They are filling engineering spots that will be working at the old post office on Tower Ave.