Winning new contract could mean 500 total jobs at Sierra Nevada’s Dayton Airport facility | Airlines

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Sierra Nevada Corp. is bidding on projects that would lead to a major expansion at the Dayton International Airport, where the company opened its first aviation maintenance and overhaul hangar in February, said Mark Williams, senior vice president of strategy.

“If we win the big opportunity, that will turn into four of those type hangars plus North America’s largest emissions-free paint hangar,” said Williams. “But that’s all contingent on us winning the business.”

He declined to name the customer or customers, but said the bidding is in final stages and an outcome is expected next year.

“If we win one of these big programs we will be looking at over 500 people,” said Williams, listing jobs that would include engineers, program managers, mechanics, security and administrative positions.

“It’s going to be the whole smash. We would be having to tap into the state of Ohio and its skilled workforce and the universities and colleges for talent,” Williams said. “These are well-paying jobs.”

Sierra Nevada is a 60-year-old Nevada-based aircraft missions systems integrator that focuses on U.S. Defense Department aerospace and aviation work. The company competes against Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, L3 and Leidos, Williams said,

Known as the Aviation Innovation and Technology Center, Williams said the local facility will be the company’s “marquee hub” for aircraft modifications.

The first 100,000-square-foot hangar opened earlier this year and the company has begun some “light work” there, he said, declining to say how many people are…

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