ARINC Engineering Services has formally opened a new 60,000 square foot commercial aircraft hangar at its Aircraft Modification and Operations Center in Oklahoma City, OK., replacing the original 50,000 sq. ft. hangar at ARINC’s facility as the largest commercial aircraft hangar in the area.
An opening ceremony held at Will Rogers World Airport was attended by Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez representing Governor Mary Fallin and by representatives of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Roy Williams, President of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, served as master of ceremonies.
The new hangar, which more than doubles available workspace and can accommodate three Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft under roof, stands at 300 x 200 feet. Mike Young, vice president of ARINC Engineering Services, says the hangar will strengthen the company workforce, particularly now that ARINC has begun work inside the new hangar on the avionics systems of several military aircraft, under contracts recently received.
“We began advertising for skilled aircraft workers in June, and we have had a good response,” Young said. “We feel prepared to handle the amount of work we can now foresee at Hangar 2. The expansion not only doubles our capacity, but will make more efficient use of our existing 20,000 square feet of shops, engineering and administrative offices.”