ARINC Celebrates Opening of Second Hangar at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport
In 2007 ARINC opened its first hangar on the east side of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, where the company performs upgrades and modification work on various military, commercial and corporate fixed-winged aircraft. Five years later, the company has expanded its operations with the addition of another hangar that will give the company another 60,000 square feet of usable space.
Nearly 200 people, including several state and city leaders, Air Force and Navy officials, and ARINC representatives, gathered at the Oklahoma City facility on August 11 to officially open the mammoth facility, now the largest commercial hangar in the area.
During opening comments, Mike Young, vice president of ARINC Engineering Services, said heavy work on KC 135, Boeing 707 and E6 aircraft led to the construction of the second hangar in Oklahoma City. He said plans are already in the works for even more expansion.
"We're going to start a new expansion within the next couple of months, and we expect by the end of 2013 we'll have a third hangar just to the south of our existing hangars," Young said.
Young thanked people such as Will Rogers World Airport Director Director Mark Kranenburg and Dick Tanenbaum of the Gardner Tanenbaum Group for their help in developing ARINC's current facilities.
ARINC Chairman and CEO John Belcher said ARINC is proud to be doing business in Oklahoma, noting the state's low unemployment rate and its high ranking for business.
"In 2002, Mike (Young) started here with seven people; we now have over 700 technical people in Oklahoma. And, in fact, this year we've already hired 100 people. So we're going to continue to grow for a long, long time," Belcher said.
'We really believe in Oklahoma. We believe it's the center for aerospace in the United States, and we're going to continue building here. We know we're going to have to come back here to dedicate that third hangar," Belcher said.
Kranenburg told the crowd that ARINC was the first spoke in the wheel for development on the east side of the airport and that plans are already under way for further development, plans that will ultimately benefit ARINC and other tenants located on the east side of the airport. Included in those plans are a $6.6 million project to reconstruct the taxiway that ARINC uses for its facility; a new crosswind taxiway; future development of approximately 1,000 additional acres on the east side and the relocation of Portland Avenue for future retail expansion.
"We're ready to work with ARINC. God speed to them, and it's full speed ahead for the rest of Will Rogers World Airport and the city," Kranenburg said.
Dick Tanenbaum of Gardner Tanenbaum Group cuts a ribbon to officially open ARINC's second hangar at its facility on the east side of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Joining Tanenbaum for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were John Belcher and Mike Young from ARINC.
An inside look into ARINC's second hangar at Will Rogers World Airport.