State and local leaders officially welcomed Aviation Technical Services to Kansas City, where the company plans to hire 540 workers and employ 40 contract employees within five years at an average salary of $60,000. Up to 1,000 people eventually may be employed.
President and CEO Matt Yerbic said five states competed to land the new ATS maintenance operation. “This was a hard-fought battle,” he said.
This is the first expansion outside Washington state for ATS, which is described as North America’s largest aviation maintenance and overhaul firm. The company plans to invest $7 million in equipping the facility. It primarily works on Boeing 737 and 757 airframe maintenance.
Southwest Airlines, which flies 737s, is one of its biggest customers. Southwest also provides the most service at KCI. The first aircraft should be rolled in for maintenance this April.
When fully operational, the new operation should be handling more than 150 aircraft annually. Metropolitan Community College is working with ATS to recruit and train employees.