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An aerial power line company is planning to locate a regional operation at Fort Wayne International Airport. Pennsylvania-based Haverfield Aviation Inc. will update and lease two buildings starting next week. October 21, 2013
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Officials at the Fort Wayne‐Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. are pleased to announce today that Haverfield Aviation Inc. will move into two buildings at Smith Field Airport (SMD) at the end of October. Haverfield Aviation Inc. is headquartered in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where it is the leading provider of aerial power line inspection and construction support services both in the United States and abroad.
Haverfield has signed two leases for five years and will move in at the end October and host a lease commencement on November 1, 2013. "As the Midwest Sales Manager for Haverfield at the time, I moved my family from Gettysburg to Fort Wayne in 2001," commented Sean Connolly, the recently named General Manager of Haverfield's North Central Region. "It is exciting to be a part of the continued growth of our company as we build a regional
office in this great community."
Haverfield's powerline pilots, aerial linemen and aircraft mechanics live and work across the country, and it is expected that the Fort Wayne regional operations is likely to attract these specially trained and skilled workers to Northeast Indiana, just as many relocate to live near the Gettysburg office in Pennsylvania. Haverfield is currently looking for experienced MD500 helicopter pilots and mechanics, as well as electric transmission line workers to support the growing demand for its services. Future growth will also require additional support staff working at the Fort Wayne office.
"Our community continues to be a leader in business growth," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. "I'm encouraged by the positive momentum we’re seeing in Fort Wayne. We look forward to welcoming Haverfield Aviation, as they’ll be a great addition to the Smith Field Airport campus."
As part of the lease agreements, Haverfield will update and remodel the interior of Building, which is the former SMD terminal building. The Airport Real Estate Committee reviewed the leases on Monday, October 7th, and will be giving their recommendation of approval to the full board at today's Airport Authority board meeting at 3 p.m.
"We are excited to have Haverfield join us at SMD and be bringing new opportunities," stated Scott Hinderman, executive director of the Fort Wayne‐Allen County Airport Authority.
"Haverfield will be able to draw upon the talented students from the Ivy Tech Aviation Center also located at SMD."
Since 2008, FWACAA has invested over $4,000,000 in capital improvements at SMD. Some of these accomplishments include rehabilitation of both runways, taxi lane paving, a new electrical vault, a new thangar row, a new fuel farm and a new FBO facility.
About Haverfield Aviation Inc.
Haverfield Aviation, Inc. is the leading provider of aerial power line inspection and construction support services both in the United States and abroad. It is the most efficient provider of energized line services in the U.S. Haverfield has participated in many extensive inspection and maintenance projects across the country and in Canada, Panama, Australia and Africa. Working with Haverfield means less downtime. To date, Haverfield has performed services for virtually every major utility in the United States. For more information about Haverfield Aviation Inc., visit www.haverfield.com.
About Fort Wayne‐Allen County Airport Authority
The Fort Wayne‐Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field. Since FWACAA's inception, Fort Wayne International Airport has undergone an aggressive improvement plan which included expansion of the terminal and parking areas, upgrades to the runways, and the creation of an Air Trade Center and Foreign Trade Zone to promote economic development in Northeast Indiana. As a result of FWACAA's commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. The Authority is governed by a six–member board appointed by both the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. For more information about the Fort Wayne‐Allen County Airport Authority, visit www.FWAirport.com.
About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is the new organization that unifies the Fort Wayne‐Allen County Economic Development Alliance and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, serving as a single point of contact for economic growth in Greater Fort Wayne. Together, we're growing a more prosperous, vibrant community in Greater Fort Wayne. To learn more about Greater Fort Wayne Inc., visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.
Source: The Fort Wayne‐Allen County Airport Authority