Horry County could see 180 new jobs after an Arizona airplane maintenance company announced Wednesday it decided to open a new facility at the Myrtle Beach International Airport.
Kingman Airline Service said will invest $2.5 million to establish new aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations in Horry County. The company seeks airplane and powerplant technicians, craftsman and operators as well as several management positions. Kingman Airline Services conducts maintenance services on Embraer, Bombadier CRJ, SAAB and Boeieng aircraft. They will also help consult airlines on new plane purchases and pre-buy inspections.
“I was attracted to Horry County by their capabilities and culture,” Kingman’s president Kevin Dolan said in the announcement. “Horry County has experienced hands-on people committed to partnering with companies to improve and grow their business. We are very excited to join the Myrtle Beach Community.”
The company will move into a vacant county-owned hangar at the airport previously occupied by the AvCraft Technical Services. AvCraft turned the hangar back over to Horry County last year after financial troubles caused it to close down operations in the Grand Strand.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says that Kingman Airline Service’s new maintenance facility, “is great news for our state and for our growing aerospace industry. The 180 jobs that will be created by this $2.5 million will make a real difference in Horry County, and we look forward to watching this great company grow and thrive here for a long time.”
The company is taking advantage of new tax exemptions Haley signed into law last year. The 2015 law offers tax exemptions for companies interested in investing in South Carolina’s aerospace and aviation industry. The tax exemptions for the bill went into effect in January.
Kingman plans to begin servicing aircraft within the next two months, according to Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation President & CEO Josh Kay. “The majority of those employees over the next five years will be coming from local,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “They will certainly initially be sent to the Arizona location to train, but will eventually come back to Myrtle Beach.”