Will Include Paint, Engineering Facilities; Addition To Flight
Dassault Falcon announced this week a new round of expansion at
its Little Rock, AR Completion Center. The expansion includes an
additional 116,000 square feet of production, design and warehouse
"The unprecedented demand for Falcons around the world requires
that we continuously evaluate the need to grow our production
facilities," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault
"With the Falcon 7X now certified for deliveries and with
the recent announcement regarding the introduction of the new
Falcon 2000LX, Little Rock will be busier than ever completing the
best business jets in the sky."
To accommodate the increased demand for Falcons, Dassault will
be adding over 200 jobs in the next 24 months, according to the
The additional production space will include a four bay EPA
Title V approved paint facility; a warehouse and storage expansion;
new engineering facilities and a 20,000 square foot addition to the
flight test line. Once the $20,000,000 expansion is complete in
early 2008, the Little Rock Completion Center will measure 827,000
Dassault purchased Little Rock Airmotive -- a 61,500 foot hangar
and office facility -- in 1975, with plans to integrate it into its
global expansion plans. Originally, the facility was intended to
"complete" Falcons for the Western Hemisphere and the Pacific Rim.
The airplanes would be built in Bordeaux-Mérignac in France
and flown to Little Rock in a "green" condition where they would be
outfitted with full interiors and options. The facility is
currently 711,000 square feet.
FedEx founder Fred Smith originally used the facility as a
completion center for his fleet of Falcon 20 transports that he
used to launch the overnight delivery service in the early
seventies. By the time Dassault Falcon came into the picture, there
was a group of workers familiar with the Falcon product already in
place. Making Little Rock even more attractive was a base of highly
skilled artisans in cabinetry, carpentry, leather goods, upholstery
and a range of other technical specialties.
Since then, the facility has continuously expanded and is now
the main completion center for all Falcon aircraft and the largest
Dassault facility in the world. In the past thirty years, over 1000
Falcons have been completed there. It is also the largest
manufacturing employer in the region with roughly 2,000
In 2006, Dassault made 50 customer deliveries from Little Rock.
That number is expected to increase as customers start taking
delivery of the new Falcon 7X, a tri-jet with 5950nm range.
At least 165 firm orders have already been received. As ANN reported, the first
Falcon 7X was delivered to a customer on Thursday.