Western Global Airlines will invest 3 million dollars
in a new Shreveport facility, which could lead to 170 direct jobs. Louisiana
Economic Development estimates an additional 308 new jobs will be created
by the facility run by the Florida based company. Secretary Don Pierson says
they’ll take over the former Continental Express Jet hangar.
“They’ve got a fleet of Boeing and McDonald Douglas cargo
aircraft and they needed a place to do maintenance on those aircraft, so, we’ve
got a great facility up there,” Pierson said.
Pierson says there’s quite a few reasons why the shipping
company, which conducts business with UPS and FedEx, chose the north Louisiana
“The availability of a hanger that accommodates these
wide body jets, that work force that remained in the area, good weather
conditions, sort of centrally located the U.S.,” Pierson said.
Pierson says the state will pitch in a million dollars in
maintenance repair, because it’ll help put people back to work who lost their
jobs when Continental Express Jet left the city.
“We’re now plugging in immediately, putting people back
to work, working on airplanes at a job count of 50, which will ramp up to 170
or so, estimated,” Pierson said.