Aviation provider bringing 500 new jobs to KCI - KCTV5 News

Aviation provider bringing 500 new jobs to KCI

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An aviation maintenance and overhaul firm from the state of Washington says it plans to bring more than 500 new jobs to the maintenance base at Kansas City International Airport.

Aviation Technical Services, based in Everett, WA, now has two locations in Washington. The KCI facility will be its first outside of Washington.

ATS will lease 607,000 square feet at KCI's Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul base. It also plans to invest $7 million in the base, which used to be an overhaul base for TWA and then American Airlines until it was shuttered in 2010. The airport has been adding small companies and about 500 workers are at the base now.

The more than 500 jobs will be added in the next three to five years. Altogether, the number of jobs created could reach 1,000.

In its heyday, the overhaul base had 6,000 employees.

ATS' decision shows that Kansas City has "an awesome place," good location and a trained workforce to handle the highly skilled jobs, said Dave Long, the airport's deputy director.

"It's very exciting, the revenue and the economic development that will occur with that many people in one area," Long said.

The KCI plant will service wide-body and narrow-body commercial and military transport jet aircraft. ATS president and CEO Matt Yerbic said it would handle more than 150 aircrafts a year when fully operational.

Click here for more on the company and how to apply. The company plans to hold job fairs in the Kansas City area, and hopes to begin operating at KCI come February. 

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Kansas City is one of the few places in the Midwest you can get the certification needed to apply for the highly skilled mechanical work. It takes 18 months to get the proper certification.

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