Wilmington Air Park

2015 State of the State Address

Feb 24, 2015

WVXU will air the live broadcast of Governor Kasich’s State of the State address from Wilmington, OH on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 beginning at 7 pm.

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Five years after losing DHL's domestic operations hub, the Wilmington Air Park is rebuilding itself.  The latest project involves a new 105,000 square foot aircraft maintenance hangar, capable of housing planes as big as a Boeing 747-400 or 777-300ER.

The hangar is leased by Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES), already providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services at the Wilmington Air Park. The company anticipates hiring 259 people because of the expanded hangar.

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The FAA has announced its six national test sites that will develop unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and they do not include  Greater Dayton. The sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several years.

The winners are:

GE Aviation

GE Aviation and University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) have signed an agreement to collaborate at the new GE Aviation Research Center in Evendale and its three labs. GE says, "the scope of this agreement marks a first in Ohio between a leading aerospace company and a leading university research institute."

The labs making up the new research center:

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By the end of the year, the Federal Aviation Administration says it will pick six sites to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The Dayton region hopes to be on the list and has taken another step to set itself apart.

On Monday Sinclair Community College announced:

Clinton County Port Authority

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

Ann Thompson WVXU

 

Officials running the Wilmington Air Park say they have reason to be optimistic as they ramp up marketing efforts to fill the still mostly vacant space.