Duncan aviation rendering

A rendering of Duncan Aviation, made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The expansion of Duncan Aviation at the Provo Municipal Airport will be completed in spring or early summer of 2019, thanks to a $2.5 million guaranteed loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The loan means Provo can now begin the needed infrastructure improvements and Duncan Aviation can expand.

Duncan Aviation, according to Steve Gleason, manager of the Provo Airport, has been a 10-year project. When Duncan Aviation is completed next year, it will have a campus of 220,000 square feet that includes two large hangars and two smaller hangars to paint planes. It will employ up to 500 people.

According to the HUD press release, “Duncan Aviation is one of the world’s largest privately-owned, full-service maintenance providers for corporate- and private-jet aircraft. Duncan has facilities throughout the United States and has selected Provo Municipal Airport for its western hub expansion. Duncan plans to invest approximately $80 million to construct and outfit hangars as well as install paint booths, which are used for applying specialized coatings to aircraft components.”

According to a report released by HUD, the loan funds will be used to install water, sewer and stormwater lines. The project will include a half mile of road construction, a stormwater system, two gravity mains, a sewer lift station and force main, 150 feet of sewer main and over a mile of 12-inch water line loop. These improvements will serve the property that Duncan Aviation occupies and another 50 acres adjacent to the airport, which currently lack water and sewer services.

“The Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program is one of the most important public investment tools that HUD offers to state and local governments to create transformative impact in their communities,” said HUD Rocky Mountain Deputy Regional Administrator Eric Cobb, “This investment will bring jobs, infrastructure improvements, and economic growth that will benefit the community of Provo for years to come.”

HUD noted the average wage for employees is expected to be between $28 and $30 an hour. Duncan has provided a detailed list of positions to be filled, and the city is finalizing a written agreement with Duncan concerning job creation and reporting requirements.

Duncan Aviation opened its doors in 2010 in Provo. Building on nearly 45 acres of land at the Provo Municipal Airport, Duncan Aviation will add nearly 275,000 square feet of buildings with a 222,000-square-foot maintenance and modifications center and a 53,000-square-foot paint facility.

If this portion of the buildout is successful, Gleason said there are plans to increase to 400,000 square feet and four hangars that would employ up to 700 people.

“it’s just a job creator and it’s big,” Gleason said.

Gleason noted that with the infrastructure being planned, that will also help with a portion of the future development of the west side of Provo.

“Certain aspects will help with an overall plan to provide services to the west side,” said Dixon Holmes, Provo’s economic development director. Holmes said the HUD loan is one of several financial tools helping to complete Duncan Aviation.

The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Daily Herald reporter Genelle Pugmire can be contacted at gpugmire@heraldextra.com, (801) 344-2910, Twitter @gpugmire

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