North Carolina Construction News staff writer
Marshall USA LLC, a subsidiary of the United Kingdom’s largest privately owned aerospace and defense business, will build a maintenance and engineering facility at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.
The company will invest $50 million in the new Guilford County facility.
With headquarters in Cambridge, U.K., the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and engineering business is 100 years old and played a role in World War II, training more than 20,000 pilots and rebuilding and repairing over 5,000 aircraft, including Boeing’s famous B-17 ‘Flying Fortress.
Phase 1 of the Piedmont project includes six C-130 slots along with a paint facility, support shops, and office space.
“We believe Greensboro is the ideal home of our U.S. Aerospace operations and are very grateful for the exceptional support and partnership we have received from Greensboro City Council and the State Government of North Carolina,” said Marshall Group CEO Kathy Jenkins. “We are excited to put over 55 years of C-130 experience to work in providing an unmatched standard of in-country support for existing and new US-based partners and customers.”
Because Marshall Aerospace chose a site in Guilford County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving $263,800 into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even when new jobs are created in a Tier 2 county such as Guilford, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities elsewhere in the state.
“We could not be more excited to welcome this famous aircraft company to our community,” said N.C. Senator Michael Garrett. “Marshall Aerospace does business around the world and their vote of confidence in Guildford County, the City of Greensboro, and in North Carolina makes us very proud.”