HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — A groundbreaking Friday morning for a new aerospace industry building at Hill Air Force Base will bring jobs and build up our national defense.
Governor Gary Herbert, Air Force and business leaders celebrated breaking ground for the 75,000 square foot, 3 story building. It’s being built at Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park at the military base.
Governor Gary Herbert, “not only do we see national defense in action and good things for the air force, but economic development for the state of Utah.”
This is expected to bring 2000 jobs in the next 10 years with pay averaging $75k.
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin will lease the first floor, bringing high tech engineering jobs.
John Karas, Lockheed Martin, “one of the things we want to bring here is a 3D visualization lab. Instead of looking at a computer screen, let’s say you can be an avatar in a 3D environment in a silo. We have that capability in Denver and we want to duplicate it here.”
This serves as another success story for the Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park that was a vision 9 years ago. It’s one of the largest projects of its kind in the Department of Defense.
David Williamsen, Air Force Program Manager for Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park, “it’s gratifying to see what’s going on behind us. It’s just the start still. We will see more things outside the gate they’ll be other things we’ll announce. We haven’t seen anything yet.”
The building is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.