$12.25 Million Grant Awarded To Fund Airport Hangar Expansion For ST Engineering

July 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $12.25 million grant to the City of Pensacola for a hanger expansion project at the ST Aerospace campus at the airport. The grant, to be matched with more than $36 million in state and local investment, is expected to help create 400 jobs.

This project will fund the construction of a 173,000 square-foot airport hangar, along with adjacent taxi ways and related infrastructure, at Pensacola International Airport. Designed to withstand 170 mph winds, the facility will support state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and overhaul operations, and provide a training center for commercial and technological aviation programs.

“The Trump Administration is committed to not only retaining jobs in this country, but also to creating new opportunities for Americans,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The new maintenance training facility being built with the help of this grant will prepare students for careers in the commercial aviation industry while also making the region’s economy more resilient in the face of future natural disasters.”

“As Florida continues on a path of economic growth, it is imperative that we work to strengthen our infrastructure and workforce development programs,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Thanks to the support from President Trump and Secretary Ross, this $12.25 million grant for Pensacola will create new opportunities for our students, boost our economy through job creation and increased investment, and enhance the region’s resiliency to natural disasters.”

Thursday’s announcement at ST Aerospace was made by Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary John C. Fleming.

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10 Responses to “$12.25 Million Grant Awarded To Fund Airport Hangar Expansion For ST Engineering”

  1. Debra Rice on July 22nd, 2019 8:43 am

    To Mr Reality, I know quite a few employees of this great company. My husband for one has worked for this company for nearly 20 years, the difference being that he now works in Pensacola instead of Mobile. Check them out, maybe ask for a tour, but please don’t begrudge good jobs with good pay and benefits. If it takes grants to make this happen, then well and good. Oh, those 2 small buildings you wrote of are actually 1 huge hanger that fits 4 Boeing 757s. These are commercial size aircraft, hardly what anyone would call small.

  2. MR REALITY on July 20th, 2019 9:17 pm


  3. MR REALITY on July 20th, 2019 9:16 pm

    We have over $250,000,000 in this project and there is like 2 little buildings built out there AND THAT IS IT…..I dont know ONE PERSON who works for them. I live right down the street. WHERE IS OUR $$$$$$$$$$$???????

  4. Dave Robau on July 20th, 2019 9:58 am

    This project started over 5 years. Oftentimes, those that initiate these multi-year projects aren’t in office for the ribbon cutting. A lot of credit goes to Mayor Hayward and many other unsung heroes at the local and federal level.

  5. Anastasia B on July 19th, 2019 12:55 am

    PLEASE don’t let any of that money go anywhere near the town of Century! …and, keep accurate records on how it’s spent!!

  6. Bob C. on July 18th, 2019 10:08 pm

    REALLY Pleased to see more permanent jobs coming into the area.

    Plenty of construction jobs with all the building of new (affordable??) housing all around the area yet those frequently end when the structure is complete.

    Would be GREAT to know we had jobs here where generations of families could be employed and do Great things for the United States and Escambia County.

  7. J.Larry Seale on July 18th, 2019 8:08 pm

    Tax money for jobs,
    sound good for me…………………..

  8. JOHN on July 18th, 2019 6:54 pm

    @ Tee Bug. Agreed!

  9. Tee bug on July 18th, 2019 5:52 pm

    Thanks to President Trump this country is so better off with him at the wheel and I am sure he is going in for the next term so y’all hold on to your seats cause the best is yet to come. Once again Thank you President Donald Trump and my hat is off to you and keep up the good work in making America Great Again.

  10. John on July 18th, 2019 3:38 pm

    The one thing we need is more good paying jobs in this area. Why it is so difficult for the county government to realize we need better paying jobs in this area? If Mr. Underhill wants to pave sidewalks then we need the tax revenue from these jobs.

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