C.E. Aerospace announces plans to open a jet engine stand manufacturing facility in Roland.
Cal Edwards, owner of CE Aerospace, said the new company will have about 100 employees with an average annual salary of more than $30,000. The company is relocating from Fort Smith in order to expand its production capability and staff.
“In Roland, C.E. Aerospace will have plenty of room to expand and to service, design and manufacture high quality ground support equipment for the transportation, maintenance, and assembly of turbine powered aircraft,” Edwards said. By using our experienced engineering talents and a committed manufacturing force, we serve the needs of airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and aircraft maintenance facilities.”
Edwards said choosing Oklahoma was an easy business decision because of the benefits provided by Quality Jobs Program incentive and the existing 400,000 square foot facility in Roland. C.E. Aerospace builds more than 12 different styles of jet engine stand, which cost $30,000 to $180,000. The stands hold engines while repairs are being done. Edwards said engines are typically leased by airlines
“The Aerospace industry in Oklahoma is one of the state’s largest and most important business sectors. We are excited to see CE Aerospace realize the opportunity for growth here in Oklahoma,” said Secretary of Commerce Natalie Shirley. “Oklahoma, with companies like CE Aerospace, has become a national leader in aerospace industry activity. As the state’s lead economic development agency, Commerce is working hard to help our aerospace industry thrive.”
Jeff Roberts, Roland Economic Development Committee Chairman, said the community is excited to have a company like C.E. Aerospace as a partner.