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Alaska company starts Roswell operations

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“Now the building is being occupied by a business in the aviation eco-space,” says Air Center Director Mark Bleth about the airfield’s new tenant. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

An Alaska aviation business has opened a Roswell location.

PAC Blue Aerospace, owned by a company based in Fairbanks, Alaska, has leased Building 755 of the Roswell International Air Center to begin parking and repairing McDonnell Douglas 80 (MD80) aircraft that are or will be used in Everts Air freight and passenger air service operations.

The business is the fifth MRO (maintenance and repair organization) at the air center, said Air Center Manager Mark Bleth.

PAC Blue joins General Airframe Support (GenAir), Cavu Aerospace, Stewart Industries and Aersale Inc. as companies involved in various aspects of aircraft maintenance. Dean Baldwin Painting LP also is an airfield tenant, but it specializes in painting airplanes.

Bleth said that the company is occupying a facility that previously had been leased by a non-aviation business.

“That is kind of the nice thing about this,” said Bleth. “Now the building is being occupied by a business in the aviation eco-space.”

Bleth said that the company has signed an interim lease and that the city’s elected officials are due to review the permanent lease during February meetings.

A manager with Everts Air said that the company started its local operations Jan. 1 after several years of working with another MRO at the airfield.

“We just bought 14 aircraft from a company out of Miami and we have those airplanes stationed there,” said Ken Long, a manager with Everts. “We are intending to bring a limited number of employees to part our aircraft out.”

He said he expects to hire about three or four airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics within six months.

“The location, the good climate for the aircraft to sit, the number of people who have the aviation background in the area to hire, that’s what brought us to Roswell,” Long said.

Long said the company has signed a five-year lease.

“The number of times I have been to Roswell, it has been a great community and we look forward to working with the community and growing a business there,” he said.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.