Aircraft Paint Shop Welcomed at Grissom
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Oct 8 2013 2:23PM
A state-of-the-art aircraft painting facility has opened at the Grissom Aeroplex, bringing much-needed jobs to Miami County, which lost the highest percentage of residents in the state between 1990 and 2000.
The nearly 14-million dollar Dean Baldwin L-P project expanded an old hangar built in the late 1950s. It now contains 155-thousand square feet and can paint four of the largest airliners at once.
C-E-O Barbara Baldwin told the “Kokomo Tribune” that the company plans to paint and service more than 200 airplanes at the facility. She says the painting bays are already booked into next year.
Peru Mayor Jim Walker says the facility is a welcome success after Grissom's transition from an active duty Air Force base to a reserve base cost the county an estimated 45-hundred jobs in the 1990’s.