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Sault aircraft refurbisher gets a lift

Airport development corporation fields FedNor funding to build storage facility
(JD Aero photo)

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation has landed $660,000 in FedNor funding to construct a new building for an aircraft refurbishment tenant.

The funding is earmarked for construction of a 11,250-square-foot structure for JD Aero,  which specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul. It will provide additional equipment storage space to allow the company more hangar floor space to service jet aircraft.

The project will create 15 construction jobs.

JD Aero will lease the facilty from the airport development corporation.

S & T is the awarded contractor. The building will be completed by next March. 

“Sault Ste. Marie area and Algoma region represent a very special piece of Northern Ontario, and supporting the local aviation industry will help make it more accessible to visitors,” said Sheehan in a statement.

The funding comes from the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative, a federal pool of $250 million geared to boost the aerospace industry. FedNor had access to $11.88 million to administer to Northern Ontario. 

“Partnering with the Government of Canada will help connect Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma region with the rest of the country, and so this FedNor investment represents real growth opportunities,” said Terry Bos, president-CEO of the airport development corporation.

“We are excited to continue providing excellent service through the Sault Ste. Marie airport, and to see those services expanding to meet the growing demands of the region.”