In the coming weeks, Duncan Aviation is anticipated to complete the second phase of its four-stage expansion at the Provo Airport.
The company performs maintenance, repair and overhaul services for private aircraft mostly for corporate customers.
“Our market is about 14,000 worldwide,” said Bill Prochazka, Duncan Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer. “We do attract clients into Provo from all over the globe. We have customers here from Europe, Russia, none from Africa yet, but all over South America and a few Asian clients.”
With a growing customer base, the company is expanding to continue servicing them.
“In a couple of weeks, we’ll get our paint hangar online which is the next one to our north,” said Prochazka. “We’ve only been in here for a few months.”
Back in January, Duncan opened its newest maintenance hangar.
Once it opens its paint hanger in April, a second maintenance hangar will follow in June with the company’s back shops and lobby set to open in early 2020.
“We expect our final grand opening to be next spring,” said Prochazka.
When the full expansion is complete, it’s expected to bring more than 400 jobs.
Right now, there are about 150 employees on-site.
“Close to a 100 of those were local hires from the valley here,” said Prochazka. “It will probably take us a few years to get the full employment. This footprint will handle probably about 425 employees.”
In a statement, Provo’s Mayor Michelle Kaufusi said “they are a part of why Provo is projected to remain Utah Valley’s job hub, even as our region develops and grows. To a lot of people, our airport has been an underappreciated asset. But with this expansion by Duncan Aviation and now our plans for a new terminal, we’re seeing the airport really rise to its potential.”
Duncan Aviation’s Provo location is its third heavy maintenance site. The other two are located in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Lincoln, Nebraska.
It also has nearly 30 small satellite shops across the United States.