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Summit Aviation to Expand


Summit Aviation to expand

Company moving to new 40,000 square foot facility
By JANIE SLAVEN Commonwealth Journal

This week got off to an encouraging start with news on Monday that a Somerset manufacturing plant is undergoing an expansion.

Summit Aviation, which produces assembly components for a variety of military and commercial helicopters as well as fixed-wing aircraft, will soon be moving from its 28,000 square-foot facility on W.O. Newell Drive to a new 40,000 square-foot facility in the Valley Oak Technology Park off Ky. 461.

Built by Industrial Leasing LLC, the new plant is being made possible through a collaboration with Pulaski County government and local investors.

Pulaski Judge-Executive Steve Kelley said the “timing was perfect” for Summit relocate — giving them room they need for immediate growth as well as “more options to expand as new product lines are added.”

“Summit is a local success story,” Judge Kelley said. “They have found a strong niche that will allow them to grow in the coming years.”

Current, Summit’s Somerset location provides low- and high-volume aero structure manufacturing and assembly; transmission overhaul, manufacturing, assembly and testing; paint facility with prime and finish capabilities; and supply chain management.

“This is a proud moment for us,” Scott Roush, Summit Aviation Director of Manufacturing, stated. “In four years we have quadrupled our business, and this move allows for our continued growth. Our success in Kentucky is an example of the power that can be built between public and private sectors to ensure these types of jobs continue to flourish in this community.”

“Summit Aviation’s expansion is a testament to the successful growth of the company and the incredible workforce we have in southern and eastern Kentucky,” Congressman Hal Rogers stated. “We are grateful to Summit Aviation for planting roots in our region with plans to expand operations and create more jobs for our people.”

The new facility is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Summit’s current Somerset location employs 32 and spokesperson Kasey Baker said the company anticipates adding 20-30 new team members over the next two years.

Headquartered in Middletown, Delaware, Summit Aviation is a subsidiary of Greenwich AeroGroup which provides aviation services including maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishments; fixed base operations; aircraft sales, charters and management; manufacturing; component repair and parts distribution.