ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The operations in and around the Chicago Rockford International Airport put hundreds of people to work every day and now hundreds more are expected to join them once a brand new facility is built at RFD.
Rockford aldermen say a planned maintenance and repair facility will put around 500 people to work, including graduates of the expanding Aviation Technology Program through Rock Valley College. RVC broke ground on their 40,000 sq. ft. building earlier this year. This new privately owned jet repair facility is expected to be at least double that.
Governor Pat Quinn, Senator Dick Durbin, Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christianson and others will be at the airport on Monday to announce all the details on this project. Rockford aldermen are hopeful this can cement Rockford’s status as destination for companies in the aerospace industry. They also hope it will inspire more local students to study and start a career in aviation in Rockford instead of moving out of town to find good paying jobs.