The announcement has been a year in the making but today contracts were signed…one step closer to bringing some relief to an area hit hard by sequestration.
"Can you imagine wondering how you're going to be able to make those mortgage payments, car payments and support your family? Hopefully this will give that person that family hope to know that they have opportunities that will avail to them in the near future," said Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell.
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 some 200 jobs with the company ‘Alabama Aircraft Support’ that will come available in the next year.
"It only makes sense that you go where your customers are that's a huge customer base for us," said Ronnie Kearns, president of Alabama Aircraft Support.
Kearns and Boswell signed the contracts today that will bring a new 64,000 square foot helicopter maintenance facility to the Enterprise Municipal Airport.
Kearns says location and the surrounding communities were easy selling points in choosing enterprise as one of its new locations and a little Enterprise history played in as well.
"The history of the Boll Weevil you wouldn't believe how many places I go in this world that know what this is and know why we celebrate the Boll Weevil in Enterprise Alabama," said Kearns.
The company recently moved to a temporary location in Enterprise as it waits for the new facility. Kearns says it's been one of the best business decisions he's ever made.
"The talent pool here is tremendous. It's probably the richest in the world for this kind of talent pool for what we need for what we do," said Kearns.
The company is expected to have an 18 million dollar economic impact on Coffee County each year.