Aviation maintenance picks up steam in Alabama and South Carolina

Thursday, December 29, 2011 Regions

Two aviation companies have announced plans to expand in the South.

In South Carolina, AvCraft Technical Services has committed to expanding its local operations in Myrtle Beach, adding 150 jobs within the next three to five years, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News.

AcCraft, a local aviation maintenance and repair company, leases space near the Myrtle Beach International Airport, and said it would spend approximately $1 million on equipment and a new lease.

Brad Lofton, chief executive officer of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, told the news agency the announcement is a major coup for the region.

“It just gives us more momentum and credibility that we are becoming an emerging hub for aviation-related jobs," Lofton added.

Most of the new jobs will be for technically skilled and administrative postions with starting salaries above the county's average.

In Alabama, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange announced Hartzell Engine Technology will be expanding in the city, according to WNCF News.

Hartzell, which refurbishes electrical components for general aviation aircraft, said it will invest $2.1 million to create 20 over the next two years.