Wilmington Air Park
6:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Jobs are slowly coming back to Wilmington

Ohio Governor John Kasich is traveling to Wilmington Thursday to announce a handful of companies are making commitments to create hundreds of jobs.

The positive economic news in and around Wilmington has been slow to come ever since DHL closed it's domestic operations and put 8,000 people out of a job.

These companies are hiring

Governor Kasich will announce Air Transport International, Custom Molded Products, Polaris Industries, Praxair and TimberTech will create 440 jobs in the next three years. A few of the businesses are near the air park.

That's where construction is underway for a $15 million hangar. Kevin Carver is executive director of the Clinton County Port Authority. "For us what it means is the economy is showing signs of strengthening and we're happy. We've been able to work with the state and these companies to create these jobs."

The hangar will be leased to Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services. Air Transport Services Group is moving one of its administrative offices from Arkansas. That will create additional jobs. It's been three years since DHL donated the air park.

Will the FAA will choose Greater Dayton for a UAV test site?

There is hope more jobs will be coming. Later this year the FAA will decide if the Greater Dayton area will be one of six national test centers for unmanned aerial vehicles.