ROCKFORD (WIFR) – RFD Leaders are hoping a new expansion project will take flight landing several maintenance jobs in Rockford.
Dozens of jobs could be flying right into Rockford, if RFD leaders get the green light to build another maintenance facility that will perform routine inspections on larger passenger planes.
“These are jobs that would be great for young men and women in this community or in this region that want technical training,” said RFD Director Mike Dunn.
Like Emery Air, which specializes in small aircraft, a private company would run the building, yet a new maintenance facility doesn’t necessarily mean competition.
In fact, it’ll allow many local companies like Kaney Aerospace to hire more workers.
“I like to say a rising tide lifts all boats and for that reason it’s going to be good for everybody here. We have opportunities to subcontract with companies that might be coming to town,” said Jeff Kaney with Kaney Aerospace.
The names of those companies haven’t been released. Leaders say this multi-million dollar project will create opportunities in the air and on the ground.
“Quite a few people would be moving to town, buying homes, buying their groceries, here, buying their cars.”
If this plan goes through, administrators at Rock Valley College hope to work with the airport to put some of their aviation graduates to work.
The multi-million dollar project would be funded by several government agencies. We’re told a final decision to build a new building is expected by January.