MHIRJ Expansion to Create Up to 800 Jobs in Bridgeport, West Virginia | VM News
BRIDGEPORT – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Regional Jets (MHIRJ) will soon be expanding its presence at North Central West Virginia Airport with the construction of two new hangars totaling over 100,000 square feet.
The $ 19.1 million project could create up to 800 jobs in the region, including 300 during the construction phase, company officials say.
Governor Jim Justice, who helped announce the company’s planned expansion last November, recently participated in a mock groundbreaking ceremony alongside representatives of the MHIRJ, local officials and members of Benedum Airport. Authority, the governing body of the airport.
In May, MHIRJ signed a formal engagement contract in the expansion project, which is expected to be finalized and operational within 18 months.
“Today’s launch of the expansion of the MHIRJ site at the North Central Regional Airport is truly exciting and once again proves that West Virginia is the best place to develop a business,” said Justice. “When a business is able to continue to grow like MHIRJ has done over the past two years – adding hundreds of new jobs, expanding its operations and building its facilities – it is a sign of great success. leadership of the company and highlights a profitable business environment. we built in West Virginia. The economic ripple effects of this continued growth will bring all kinds of blessings to north central West Virginia, and I could not be more proud that MHIRJ continues to deepen its roots in our great state.
The governor cited a recent West Virginia Aeronautic Commission study on the economic impact of state airports, which showed that the MHIRJ and North Central West Virginia Airport are significant contributors to the economy of the state. State.
“Across West Virginia, there are more than 10,729 jobs and over $ 1.63 billion in business revenue associated with aviation,” Justice said. “North Central West Virginia Airport is the biggest contributor to this success, accounting for over 2,345 of those jobs and over $ 775 million in commercial revenue.”
The project at NCWV airport marks the next phase in the company’s development, said Ismail Mokabel, senior vice president of MHIRJ.
“This is an important step for MHIRJ as it strengthens the growth of our business,” said Mokabel. “As the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul company serving the CRJ (Canadair Regional Jet) series platform, we aim to create continued value for our customers by exploring opportunities that will allow us to improve our service offering, diversify our capabilities and expand our infrastructure. “
The expansion cements the company’s commitment to West Virginia, said Anthony Hinton, manager of service centers for MHIRJ.
“It really positions the North Central West Virginia Airport as a core part of the regional aviation infrastructure,” he said.
MHIRJ’s expansion plans date back more than a decade, said airport manager Rick Rock.
“It’s been a long road and a long journey, and a lot of people didn’t think it would ever happen,” he said. “It’s wonderful and a wonderful thing for West Virginia. It means so much to this airport, but really to all of West Virginia. As we attempt to diversify our economy, this is a major first step for what we are trying to do and the role we are playing.
State Senator Mike Romano, D-Harrison, said justice has repeatedly given support to the airport and its ongoing projects.
“No governor – Republican or Democrat – has believed in this project more than you,” Romano told Justice. “You have helped us make things happen here. When we called, action was taken. When we needed help, he provided the help. This is what you have helped to achieve.
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., each issued statements praising the expansion of MHIRJ.
“Mitsubishi’s expansion to the North Central Regional Airport Aerotech Business Park is another fantastic news for the North Central Regional Airport and our entire state,” said Manchin. “I applaud everyone who has worked hard to ensure this process is completed quickly despite months of delay. “
“The local leaders of the Benedum Airports Authority, in particular Airport Manager Rick Rock, (Harrison County) Commissioner David Hinkle and (Bridgeport) Mayor Andy Lang, have been unwavering in their dedication to growth. aerospace economy in north central West Virginia, and I appreciate their efforts to help make that happen, ”Capito said. “Today marks another step in this strong partnership that will continue to drive economic growth and business investment for years to come. “
MHIRJ provides comprehensive operations, engineering and customer support solutions including maintenance, refurbishment, technical publications, marketing and sales activities for the global regional aircraft industry.
Based in Montreal, Canada, and supported by an aerospace engineering center, MHIRJ’s network of service centers, support desks and parts depots is located in major aviation centers in the United States, Canada and Germany.
MHI RJ Aviation Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
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