Aerospace company celebrates opening at TIA

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Updated: 11/08/2013 3:15 pm Published: 11/08/2013 3:15 pm

L-3 Aeromet celebrated its move to a new facility at Tulsa International Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The company recently transitioned its operations to TIA from a former facility at Tulsa’s Richard L. Jones, Jr. Airport. The ceremony had a ‘Decade of Excellence’ theme to commemorate the anniversary of Aeromet’s acquisition by L-3 in 2003.

“We are pleased to announce the opening of this facility, which offers room for the potential expansion of our business while ensuring we remain in the Greater Tulsa business community,” said Gary Ball, vice president and general manager of L-3 Aeromet. “This is a wonderful way for us to celebrate 10 years of being L-3.”

The renovated facility at TIA is more than 90,000 square feet and includes a large administrative building for its engineering and program management staff, system development laboratory and testing space, and two hangars capable of accommodating the multiple special-mission aircraft the business supports. Located at 6501 East Apache Street, the facility is conveniently situated near the intersection of East Apache Street and Sheridan Road, on the southwest side of TIA, with easy access to the airport’s commercial terminal.

“Tulsa continues to grow many sectors of its economy, and the decision this company has made to enhance its local presence is more great news,” said City of Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. “Our aerospace sector is among the strongest in the nation, and it is companies like L-3 that are helping us remain a leader.”

The company sought a new facility to accommodate its long-term business outlook when Tulsa Community College, which held its previous lease, required additional facilities to accommodate its aviation programs at Jones Airport.

L-3 Aeromet worked closely with Tulsa Community College and the Tulsa Airport Authority to find a solution that kept its operations in Tulsa.

As a result of the innovative economic development collaboration, L-3 Aeromet has purchased a vacant administrative building and hangar at TIA, leased a second hangar, and obtained a ground lease for the entire facility. The company is renovating the administrative building and hangars for its operations.

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