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Dean Baldwin roof repairs are underway

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City leaders and Dean Baldwin Painting managers gather outside Hangar 1083 at the Roswell International Air Center to mark the start of a $4 million roof-replacement project. Shown in this photo taken Tuesday are, from left, Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh, Air Center Director Scott Stark, City Manager Joe Neeb, City Councilor Natasha Mackey, Dean Baldwin General Manager Jude Zimmerman, City Councilor Steve Henderson, City Director of Administrative Services Elizabeth Stark-Rankins, City Project Manager Kevin Dillon, City Engineer Louis Najar and Dean Baldwin Program Manager David Aguilar. (Submitted Photo)

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Dean Baldwin Painting is getting the new roof needed on the Roswell International Air Center hangar the company rents from the city of Roswell.

The city will fund $1.5 million dollars of the $4 million roof replacement project, which began at the end of July, while the state will provide a $2.5 million loan, according to a city news release.
City business and government leaders have worked for a couple of years to obtain the necessary funding for the project.
David Mantay, former general manager of the Roswell operations of Dean Baldwin, spoke at several public meetings before city and state elected officials about the severe leaking in the bays of Hangar 1083. He said that the pouring down of tens of thousands of gallons of water after rains required the halting of work and led some potential clients to be unwilling to do business at the facility, although he said they remarked on the high quality of work performed by the Roswell team. The company paints planes for commercial airlines, the military, cargo carriers and private interests.

Mantay was joined by city staff and officers of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. in years of efforts to obtain state funding.
According to a city news release, the roofing project indicates the city’s “commitment to invest in developing and maintaining aviation-related business at the air center.”
Phase 1, contracted to Roswell businesses Waide Construction and Allen Roofing, began at the end of July, according to the city release. The entire project could be completed by late 2018, but that will depend on Dean Baldwin’s work schedule and its ability to accommodate construction work, the news release indicates.
Dean Baldwin, which has several facilities in the United States, has been in Roswell since 1999. The local operation employs about 135 people, with that number growing to as high as 200 during peak periods.