Governor Bentley was in Enterprise today for the ground breaking of 'Alabama Aviation Support,' an aircraft maintenance facility that will bring 200 jobs to Coffee County.
"To have 200 jobs in the Enterprise area that's significant," said Governor Bentley.
In just a matter of months a new 64,000 square foot aircraft maintenance facility will be built at the Enterprise Municipal Airport. Along with Governor Bentley and local leaders, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey and Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard were there to turn the dirt at the company's new location.
“We have almost 350 aerospace industries in Alabama and we've had it for a long time but we really are expanding it. This is a great company and we're certainly happy to have them in the wiregrass area," said Bentley.
As budget cuts continue to affect the Fort Rucker community, jobs in aviation are in high demand. In fact, 600 applications have already been received for those jobs that will become available soon.
“They're familiar with the type work that will be going on here. They're technical workers. They're trained already and those that aren't trained can get trained at the aviation college at Enterprise State Community College. They're always willing and ready they do a great job of turning out those students and those students are needing a job when they come out of school so this is a hand, glove type fit," said Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell.
The company moved to a temporary location in enterprise while they wait for the new facility to be built. The company is expected to have an 18 million dollar economic impact on Coffee County.
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