LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- As we drive along Perryville Road and Harlem in Loves Park, it’s hard to miss the ongoing construction of the new Woodward facility. The company's CEO says even though the building isn't finished, employees from Boeing have already taken a tour.
Tom Gendron says most all of Woodward’s customers have come to check out the 455,000 square foot building. He adds, it’s on budget and on time. This is a $300 million expansion with more than half of that being spent on the equipment that will go inside. The building will be done by the end of the year, but it it'll take until next spring to get all that equipment inside and ready to run.
“That facility is doing engine controls so it’s going to the major engine manufacturers but they've also brought the likes of Boeing here to tour the site because they're concerned. They want to know ‘Are you ready, can you do it?’ and everyone that’s left there is like ‘Wow, you're doing this right’ and they’re pretty excited," says Tom Gendron, CEO at Woodward, Inc.
Around 2,000 construction workers have been brought in to build this facility. The company has said 175 workers should be brought on in the coming months, plus hundreds more once the site is closer to opening.