Gulfstream Aerospace plans to build a 225,000-sq-ft service center at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the Savannah, Georgia airframer’s first facility in Arizona. Gulfstream officials “have looked long and hard to find the right place to build” such a facility, Gulfstream president Mark Burns said during an announcement on Tuesday.
A more than $70 million investment, the new service center will create more than 200 jobs and expand Gulfstream’s MRO capabilities in the western U.S. It follows recent company-owned service center expansions in Savannah; Van Nuys, California; Fort Worth, Texas; Palm Beach, Florida; Appleton, Wisconsin; and Farnborough, England. The Mesa facility is expected to open in 2023.
Gulfstream will pursue LEED Silver certification of the Mesa facility, which will have a fuel farm with a dedicated sustainable aviation fuel supply, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED lighting, and an energy-efficient HVAC system. Sensor-controlled lights, a white roof to reflect heat, native plants, and low-water-demand landscaping will be additional sustainable features of the Mesa center.
The company also is working with the airport authority to use green power from the airport’s electrical utility, in addition to installing solar panels. “In the past decade, as our fleet has grown, we have invested to create a network of modern facilities to provide our customers with outstanding service and support when and where they need it,” said Burns.
S: AIN Online