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Southeast Alabama community looks to give aerospace sector a lift

ANDALUSIA, Alabama — A recent expansion at Covington County’s South Alabama Regional Airport illustrates rural Alabama’s key contributions to the state’s growing aerospace/aviation industry — and reflects a primary economic development focus for the region.

A major Australian helicopter firm, McDermott Aviation, and its longtime U.S.-based business partner, Isolair Inc., announced plans to open at the Andalusia airport last fall and have been busy setting up operations.

So far, the companies have brought 26 new jobs to the area and are planning to add more, said Rick Clifton, president and CEO of the Covington County Economic Development Commission.

“McDermott Aviation and Isolair locating at our MRO hangar is a big boost for our airport and our community,” said Jed Blackwell, executive director of the airport. “The jobs they offer will create opportunities for workers throughout our region.”

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