City is look­ing for a new man­ager at its air­port

Dayton Daily News - - BUSINESS - By Matt Sanc­tis Staff Writer

Spring­field is look­ing for a new air­port man­ager to lead a fa­cil­ity that im­pacts close to 800 jobs and about $40 mil­lion in pay­roll.

The Spring­field-Beck­ley Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port has re­ceived sev­eral up­grades over the past sev­eral years in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of about 10 new hangars val­ued at close to $5 mil­lion. The air­port also serves as a hub for re­search con­ducted by the Air Force Re­search Lab­o­ra­to­ries into tech­nol­ogy that will al­low busi­nesses and re­searchers to test un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles be­yond the line of sight.

The new man­ager will con­tinue with work started by for­mer man­ager Don Smith, who re­tired in late Oc­to­ber af­ter serv­ing the air­port for about four years, said Tom Franzen, as­sis­tant city man­ager and di­rec­tor of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment for Spring­field.

“The air­port is in good shape,” Franzen said. “Don came on at a time when we had be­gun cer­tain in­vest­ments and pro­cesses out there.”

The new man­ager will be re­spon­si­ble for manag­ing is­sues like cap­i­tal im­prove­ments, the air­port’s re­la­tion­ship with the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion, and run­way and other main­te­nance projects. Sev­eral pri­vate com­pa­nies also op­er­ate at the air­port, in­clud­ing S Jet and Spec­tra Jet, a firm spe­cial­iz­ing in per­form­ing main­te­nance on Lear­jet and Bom­bardier Chal­lenger air­craft at the air­port.

In­for­ma­tion from the Ohio De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion shows the air­port has a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic im­pact in Clark County, di­rectly and in­di­rectly im­pact­ing close to 800 jobs and more than $40 mil­lion in pay­roll. In­di­rectly, ODOT es­ti­mates the air­port is tied to more than 1,450 to­tal jobs and $78.5 mil­lion in pay­roll. Con­tact this re­porter at 937-3280355 or email Matt.Sanc­tis@ cox­inc.com.

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