Governor Scott Walker was in the Fox Cities Tuesday as part of an expansion announcement from Air Wisconsin Airlines that will add dozens of new jobs to the area. At a press conference at the Appleton International Airport’s Platinum Flight Center, the airline announced that they’re building a new 30,000 square foot maintenance facility with a hangar that will house 4 planes. The press conference included remarks from Governor Walker, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, and Air Wisconsin President and CEO Christine Deister.
The new facility will be used for routine aircraft maintenance and cleaning, and will create about 80 high-skilled, high-paying jobs, like aircraft technicians and mechanics. The planes will be United Express planes operated by Air Wisconsin, three of which fly to Chicago, and one of which flies to Denver. The expansion is the direct result of an economic boom in the area.
“With the economic growth here in the valley, its demanding more passenger air transportation, both business and leisure,” Deister said.
A groundbreaking for the new facility will be held in July, and it is expected to be completely built by the end of the year.