Piedmont Triad International Airport is bidding for a 240-seat, $50 million maintenance facility by British aerospace manufacturer Marshall Aerospace USA LLC, according to a legal notice published Friday by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.
The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the economic stimulus package at 5:30 p.m. April 20 in their conference room at 301 W. Market St. in Greensboro.
The commissioners will provide incentives of up to $308,879, as well as a matching local fund facilities grant of $124,000.
In return, Marshall will pledge to create 240 full-time jobs.
The legal notice indicates that the Greensboro City Council will likely offer an incentive package,
The state Commerce Department’s stimulus package from the Career Development Grant program is also likely given the legal notice that says Marshall is considering other US locations.
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According to the legal notice, “Local approval of incentives does not oblige a company to be located in North Carolina.”
However, the vast majority of companies tend to commit to a local project—often within days or weeks—of being approved for local and state incentives.
Neither Marshall nor PTI CEO Kevin Baker could immediately be reached for comment on the project.
According to its website, Marshall Aerospace has operations in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the United States, and its primary customers are air forces around the world.
Marshall Aerospace’s primary focus is “to provide maintenance, modifications, and routine repairs to the iconic Hercules C-130 transport aircraft,” which has been in service in one way or another since the early 1970s.
According to the company, “The team has a hard-earned reputation as the global authority on the C-130 platform, and has unparalleled engineering expertise and experience that makes it hard to beat.”
“Marshall Aerospace continues to solidify its leading market position, win new customers and help keep its fleets fit and ready for service.”
Marshall also operates Aerostructures, which specializes in the design and manufacture of auxiliary fuel systems and tanks that are used to extend the range of multi-mission seaplanes.
“We are incredibly proud of the work we do to keep our customers’ aircraft mission ready to enable them to protect people in critical situations,” according to a website statement from Neil McManus, the company’s general manager.
The company recently opened an airframe production plant in the UK
The facility houses production of auxiliary fuel tanks for the P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, a next-generation military derivative of Boeing’s civilian 737-800.
The global operating fleet has surpassed more than 500,000 flying hours with 157 P-8 aircraft delivered to global customers including the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, India, New Zealand and Norway.
Additional fuel tanks extend the aircraft’s flight range and allow additional time on station.
Marshall supplies the tanks in packages of six, along with a number of components. In 2024, Marshall celebrated the delivery of its 1,000th fuel tank.
PTI remains the state’s third-largest airport overall and third-largest commercial service, with an economic impact of $9.3 billion in 2024, according to North Carolina Department of Aviation report Released in January. This is an increase of 7.6% from the 2019 report.
However, PTI was overshadowed by the impact of $31.77 billion at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and $17 billion at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Included in this category for PTI would be a FedEx Cargo Sorting Center, HAECO maintenance facilities, HondaJet manufacturing operations, and other businesses that operate on its campuses.
HAECO Americas as of March 2024 had approximately 3,000 maintenance and repair workers in the state numbering 4,583. North Carolina ranks fifth in the nation for aircraft maintenance and repair, and HAECO has operations in High Point and Wahlberg.
The FAA defines general aviation as including all segments of the aviation industry except for commercial and military air carriers.
This could include: the production and sale of general aviation aircraft, avionics and other equipment; support services, such as maintenance and repair, and flight schools, such as training new pilots and pilots interested in additional evaluations or certification; the landmarks of the city; movement of large heavy loads by helicopter; travel for personal or business/commercial reasons; and emergency medical services.
The 2024 report determined that there were 21,450 jobs directly or indirectly related to PTI, down from 30,015 in the 2019 report.
Last count, Baker said in January, there were about 8,600 jobs directly related to PTI.
That number is expected to rise by at least 1,761 by decade’s end from the $500 million Boom Supersonic factory.
“This report demonstrates once again the importance of airports to the nation’s economy,” said Baker.
“In a specific reference to PTI, it demonstrates the importance of the airport and all of its airlines as a regional employer.”