Conair's $50 million
On Wing Span's Magazine's news desk is a drawing by Reed Crowther Engineering, of a complex that signals a major breakthrough for Abbotsford Airport, the Fraser Valley, British Columbia and Western Canada. It depicts Conair's $50 million expansion program on the airport's east side; one that has sparked an air of excitement in BC's aviation and business communities. The mood is infectious-- and this dramatic move comes at the most opportune time, giving a shot in the arm to the economy and providing a substantial job base. Conair's expanded facilities at Abbotsford will spawn a whole range of related businesses.
Barry Marsden, Conair's President and
CEO summed it up when he said, "The commercial aircraft
maintenance market is a huge $20 billion US a year, and we
have the right location, right timing, skilled people and
the reputation to create the critical mass that's needed to
attain a significant larger market share." While waiting to
see Mr. Marsden, we shared the coffee room in Hangar 2 with
a group of some 20 new recruits, whose eager young faces and
exuberance reflected what was happening at this moment, and
would occur on a grander scale in the months ahead. While
touring the tarmac area we passed a group of young pilot
trainees earning their wings at Pacific Coastal Aviation. It
was like my airforce days all over again. Yes, at
Abbotsford, there really is excitement in the air.
More good news is the fact that the company plans to keep all of its present property, including four hangers with a combined total of 180,000 square feet.