Rockford Airport to Get $40M Jet Repair Facility

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a jet-repair and maintenance center will open in early 2016 at the Chicago Rockford International Airport, employing about 500 people.

Airport Director Mike Dunn tells the Rockford Register-Star that the $40 million facility will be 200,000 square feet.

It will be leased to Wood Dale-based AAR Corp. AAR is the largest operator of such maintenance and repair sites in the nation.

David Storch is CEO of AAR. He will join U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn along with airport and local leaders to discuss the project at a news conference on Monday.

Dunn says the airport, city of Rockford and Winnebago County will fund half the tab. State and federal fund will cover the rest.

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