18 March 2005
18 March 2005
Adam Aircraft have issued details of a new facility based at the Kemp Ogden Airport Gateway Center in Utah, USA.
The centre is a new, forty-seven acre, state-of-the-art, business park, featuring a highly functional layout offering both air and groundside access. Kemp Development Company has worked closely with Ogden City and the State of Utah to create a business environment that is nationally competitive and supportive of aerospace manufacturing activities.
Adam Aircraft, developer of performance aircraft made from composite materials, is leasing twenty-two thousand square feet in the newly completed Kemp Jet Services terminal to manufacture and assemble A500 and A700 aircraft. To accommodate anticipated growth, Kemp will develop, by phases, new facilities for Adam Aircraft on adjacent sites.
“Our company is fortunate to have a backlog in excess of two years on both the A500 Centerline Twin and the A700 AdamJet,” said Rick Adam, Chief Executive Officer of Adam Aircraft. “Ramping up production is a top priority and we believe Utah will be an excellent location for adding to our existing capacity in Colorado. The quality of the workforce in Utah, the capabilities of the airport facility, and the superior design of the Kemp development were key motivators in our decision process.”
“This announcement is particularly gratifying because Adam Aircraft conducted a thorough review during its site selection process,” said Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. “Adam Aircraft recognized that Utah has the skilled workers it needs to establish and grow its manufacturing and assembly operations.”
According to the Annual Industry Review & 2005 Outlook published by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the aviation industry has created 25,000 aerospace manufacturing jobs within five years of the passing of the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) in 1994. In addition, according to this report, “The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that for every aerospace manufacturing job created, three supporting jobs are also created.”
With 430 employees and more than 100,000 square feet of facilities, Adam Aircraft will use the Gateway Center to parallel its ongoing business in Colorado. In anticipation of FAA Type Certification, Adam Aircraft has already begun manufacturing customer aircraft. There are currently five customer aircraft undergoing the construction process in Colorado, and with the help of the Ogden facility, the company plans significant production rate growth in 2005.
The A700 AdamJet, a leading aircraft in the closely followed Very Light Jet (VLJ) market, is the company’s follow-on aircraft to the A500 Centerline Twin. Using the latest carbon-fiber materials for the airframe and highly efficient jet engines manufactured by Williams International, the A700 is designed to deliver superior performance at attractive prices. Customer deliveries of the AdamJet are scheduled to begin in 2006.
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