Officials from Able Aerospace Services and the City of Mesa, Arizona, held a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month to kick off construction of Able’s new on-airport company headquarters. The multi-state celebration is continuing during Heli-Expo 2012 next week in Dallas, Texas, as Able President and CEO Lee Benson and Mesa City Councilwoman Dina Higgins share highlights of the groundbreaking during a special after-hours event for customers and invited guests on Monday, Feb. 13.
“This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our company’s growth,” Benson said. “The aerospace industry needs good news stories, and our story is about as good as they come.”
Able specializes in providing component repair and overhauls, backed by a large spares inventory and approved PMA replacement parts. Despite recessionary pressures in the aerospace market, Able has delivered nine consecutive years of 20% compound growth and is projecting a 27% increase for 2012, according to company officials.
Later this year, Able will move its 320-plus employees and equipment from cramped quarters in Phoenix into a 191,000-square-foot facility on a 13-acre industrial site at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The on-airport location and purpose-built hangar are designed for customer convenience, Benson said.
Able will become the airport’s largest tenant, joining an existing lineup that includes The Boeing Company, Cessna Aircraft Company, Embraer, and Hawker Beechcraft.
“Able Engineering is a perfect fit for the Gateway area and represents the aerospace pillar in Mesa’s HEAT (healthcare, education, aerospace, tourism/technology) Initiative for economic development,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “They will bring hundreds of high-tech jobs into an area that is becoming well known for aerospace research, design and defense.”
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