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Thriving Southeast Alabama aerospace sector seeks additional lift

DOTHAN, Alabama – At the Dothan Regional Airport, Commercial Jet Inc.’s workforce has been busy converting Boeing 737 passenger aircraft into freighters at the company’s new facility, a significant addition to the thriving Southeast Alabama aerospace sector.

Miami-based Commercial Jet announced plans for the $12 million maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation a year ago, providing additional lift for a regional aviation cluster that’s home to Fort Rucker, the U.S. Army’s helicopter training center, and companies such as Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter.

“Aviation is a growth industry, and it matches well with our history,” said Wiley Lott, external affairs/economic development director for the Southeast Alabama Gas District, a utility that serves the area. “We have a great mix of aviation activities. The best proof that it works is the companies that are here and the companies that have been here for a long time.”

Lott and other officials in the Wiregrass region believe the area’s aerospace sector is ripe for expansion. A delegation made up of officials from Houston, Dale, Coffee, and Covington counties is heading to next week’s Farnborough International Air Show near London for company meetings and to make new industry contacts.

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