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New hangar project moves forward

Construction of Oregon Aero’s new hangar is well under way since its groundbreaking celebration last September. The previously wide-open field at Scappoose Industrial Airpark is now the foundation of a massive steel structure.

“We are incredibly excited about the expansion and all of the progress made so far,” said Tony Erickson, chief operating officer for Oregon Aero. “By the middle of this year, we will be up and running at full speed and doing a lot more of what we do best.”

The new facility will be used for the company’s development of advanced aviation seating systems, aircraft interior upgrades and pilot accessories.

Financed by the state of Oregon and the Port of St. Helens, the $1.5 million hangar will increase Oregon Aero’s production capacity by consolidating its operations. Currently, the company’s engineering department and machine shop are located in St. Helens.

“The net result will be more efficient production for Oregon Aero,” said Craig Allison, property and operations manager of the Port of St. Helens. “The project has gone remarkably smoothly and we’ve resolved all of our problems very quickly.”

The 22,000-square-foot expansion will nearly double the size of the original facility to about 50,000 square feet when construction is complete. The office space will house Oregon Aero’s FAA-approved repair station, customer service department and a conference room, while the hangar portion of the building will accommodate a wide range of fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft.

A grand opening and dedication for the expansion will be scheduled and announced in spring or early summer.