Air Transport Services Group has announced plans for a new 100,000 s.f. hangar at the Wilmington Air Park that is expected to create 259 jobs.
The announcement came as welcome news for the Wilmington community, which lost some 8,000 jobs in 2008 when logistics company DHL closed its operations there. The Clinton County area currently has one of the highest unemployment rates in Ohio.
According to the Wilmington News Journal, the new jobs are expected to include 235 technician jobs and 24 administrative and support staff positions, with an annual payroll of approximately $11.3 million.
The hangar will be operated by Air Transport Services Group’s subsidiary, Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services. Construction of the new hangar is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2012 and is expected take 12 months to complete.
Air Transport Services Chief Executive Officer Joe Hete said that once the facility is complete, it may take about six months to get all 259 jobs filled, though some of the positions will be filled before the end of construction.