Gulfstream Aerospace Announces Aircraft Service Facility in Mesa

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today it will build a new aircraft service center in Mesa. Gulfstream’s first facility in Arizona will expand the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the region, creating hundreds of jobs. The sustainable facility is expected to open in 2023.

The 225,000-square-foot facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport marks the company’s expansion into Arizona, representing an investment of more than $70 million. The Mesa facility will include hangar space, back shops and employee and customer offices.

“We are thrilled Gulfstream has chosen Mesa for their sustainable Customer Support facility,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “By opening up this facility, Gulfstream is coming to a state with a long and storied history with aviation. Gulfstream’s expansion further cements Arizona as a national Aerospace and Defense leader, bringing hundreds of skilled jobs to Mesa. My thanks go out to President Mark Burns and the entire team at Gulfstream for choosing Arizona and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.”

Based in Savannah, Georgia with locations around the world, Gulfstream has been a business aviation leader for more than 60 years and its in-service fleet numbers nearly 3,000 aircraft around the world.

“In the past decade, as our fleet has grown, we have invested to create a network of modern facilities to provide our customers with outstanding service and support when and where they need it,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “How Gulfstream serves our customers is just as important to us as how our aircraft perform. The addition of our new service center in Mesa gives us an additional facility in the Western U.S. and represents our commitment to ensuring that our customers not only purchase the best in the world, they also receive the best service in the world.”

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is known as an airport for business aviation operators, with over 30 companies on site. Gulfstream chose to build its facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport because its infrastructure and size provide an ideal location for Gulfstream and its customers.

“The arrival of Gulfstream is further proof that Gateway Airport is one of the best locations in North America for MRO and other aerospace facilities,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, who also serves as Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA). “The hundreds of high-wage jobs and educational partnerships that will be generated with this facility will have a profound impact on the entire region.”

“Gulfstream’s arrival represents the single largest private investment in the history of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport,” said J. Brian O’Neill A.A.A.E, Executive Director and CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “Gateway Airport has proven to be an ideal location for MRO facilities, and Gulfstream’s announcement further validates our position as a global industry leader.”

Prioritizing sustainability, the facility will feature a fuel farm with a dedicated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply; low-flow plumbing fixtures; LED lighting; building management systems; and an energy-efficient HVAC system. Designers are also incorporating occupancy sensor-controlled lights, a white roof to reflect heat, native plants and low-water-demand landscaping. Gulfstream is also working with the airport authority to explore using green power from the electrical utility and installing solar panels on-site.

In addition, Gulfstream will work with local educational institutions including Arizona State University and Chandler-Gilbert Community College to develop the skilled workforce needed for these new positions.

“Gulfstream is a global leader in aviation and we’re excited to welcome them to Mesa,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Ranked Top 2 in the country for aviation maintenance economic activity, Arizona offers the complete package for long-term success with a robust aerospace industry. We are grateful to Gulfstream for choosing Mesa, reinforcing Arizona’s reputation as a national leader in aviation and creating hundreds of quality jobs.”

Gulfstream’s expansion comes after an abundance of economic development activity in Mesa. In May 2021, ElectraMeccanica, a Canadian electric vehicle manufacturer, broke ground on its assembly facility in Mesa, located near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. In August 2021, Facebook announced plans to build a sustainable data center in Mesa, representing a projected $800 million investment.

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