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In Kaiser hangar complex, Birmingham sees aerospace potential

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Economic developers think a sprawling hangar complex just off the main runway at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport can help Alabama’s largest city make a return flight to an aviation sector that’s taking off in the region.

The 1.8 million-square-foot complex, last operated by Kaiser Aircraft Industries, stands on 180 acres just off Interstate 20/59, minutes from downtown Birmingham. The hangar has 10 bays, each 160 feet wide and 725 feet deep, with 40-foot ceilings and concrete floors a foot thick. The complex has a paint hangar, warehouse space, offices and more.

The commercial facility, first operated by Hayes Aircraft Co. and later by Pemco Aeroplex, has a long history in aviation, serving as a center for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations for decades. When Pemco operated the facility a decade ago, its workforce numbered 2,300 and it had major contracts with the military for work on C-130 Hercules transport and KC-135 tanker aircraft.

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