The news out of Hawker Beechcraft Monday was a blow to the Salina community. The company has done business in Salina since 1966.
Salina officials will begin marketing the facilities.
The Salina Airport Authority has received multiple calls from potential tenants asking about buildings at the Airport Industrial Center, officials said. They offered to work with them on putting up new buildings, but many prefer “move-in ready” buildings that up to now haven’t been available.
The buildings and hangars now leased by Hawker Beechcraft will be ideal for businesses that need access to the airport’s 12,300 foot-long runway, said Salina Airport Authority’s Tim Rogers.
The facilities would be ideal for military operations, unmanned aerial systems firms, aircraft modification shops, avionics installation, completion centers and aircraft maintenance, repair and overall businesses, he said.
Hawker Beechcraft’s lease expires Feb. 28, 2012. The Salina Airport Authority will work with Hawker Beechcraft as it reduces and closes down its operations between now and then.
“This is not the first, nor the worst closure Salina has faced,” Airport Authority officials said. When the Schilling Air Force Base closed, Salina turned the site into the Salina Municipal Airport, the Salina Airport Industrial Center and the Salina Aviation Service Center.