August 10, 2015 – Aircraft interior provider Airworthy Aerospace Industries is expanding its operations in St. Croix County, Wisconsin through the purchase of an existing 73,000-square-foot building adjacent to its current facility in Hudson.
The US$4.6 million expansion marks the third time that Airworthy has added on to its facilities in Hudson since moving to Wisconsin from Minnesota in 2004. When complete, the expansion will triple the size of the company’s existing facility to meet current demand and accommodate future growth – and will also create 45 new jobs.
Part of the expansion plan calls for providing employee training in repair services, which is required as part of the company’s Federal certification as a repair station for commercial aircraft.
To secure the new jobs, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is providing the company with up to US$620,000 in job creation and training tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of credits the company will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and how much the company spends on employee training over that time.
Airworthy Aerospace specializes in aircraft carpet management and engineering services, vinyl flooring, dress cover fabrication, seat repair and overhaul, galley inserts, monuments, thermoform plastics and wheel overhaul. The company also has operations in Detroit, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Florida.
The company’s existing 30,000-square-foot facility in Hudson manufactures seating, carpet and vinyl fabrication, galley inserts and other products, and also provides maintenance and repair services. After moving to Hudson, the company undertook a 16,000-square-foot expansion in 2005 and opened a second facility in 2010 to manufacture aircraft sidewall panels.