Adding 125,000 Square Feet
announced plans to expand their facility in Battle Creek this week.
The expansion will start this month, adding 125,000 more
square-feet of space to the already large 200,000 square-foot
"As the largest family-owned business aircraft service provider
in North America, I am thrilled that we will be able to provide
excellent support services for even more business aircraft
operators through this expansion," says Aaron Hilkemann, President
of Duncan Aviation. "2006 marks Duncan Aviation's 50th year in
business and I can't think of a more fitting anniversary
celebration than completing a brand new facility that will provide
the hangar and shop space for a potential 30% increase in our total
Duncan Aviation is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, and
employs about 1,800. Along with the substantial center in Battle
Creek, the company has 20 satellite avionic shops throughout the
country. Over 480 employees currently support the Battle Creek
operation, and that number is projected to grow.
"Customer demand for our services has been increasing steadily,
and space has really become an issue for us," said Bill Prochazka,
Executive Vice President and General Manager for Duncan Aviation's
Michigan Operations. "This expansion will address our space issues,
allow us to meet the needs of our customers and contribute to the
overall growth of Duncan Aviation. We are proud to be
expanding in Battle Creek and we hope that our growth will have a
positive impact on the local economy."
The expansion of the maintenance, modification and refurbishment
shops is expected to be complete in March 2007. The first phase of
the expansion will include the construction of a 40,000 square-foot
maintenance hangar that will accommodate large business aircraft,
such as a Global Express.
A three-story building will be built for storage of ground
support equipment, including a lunchroom and office space. A 20,000
square-foot paint hangar will start taking shape in July. These
facilities are expected to be ready for use in 2006.
Also, a complete renovation of the back shop areas is planned to
begin in August and is expected to be complete by March of