Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said it has completed its manufacturing facility for the Gulfstream G400, Gulfstream G500, and Gulfstream G600 business jets. The expansion project at the company’s operations in Savannah, Georgia (KSAV), increases the facility capacity by 142,000 square feet.
“Gulfstream continues to invest across all our facilities, including in Savannah, our headquarters for more than 50 years,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “We designed the G400, G500, and G600 to have a number of commonalities that increase both operational and manufacturing efficiencies. Those commonalities mean that we have the flexibility to easily expand production lines to meet the growing demand for these aircraft, which also increases job growth across the region.”
The production methods used for the G400, G500, and G600, which were designed with Gulfstream’s Savannah-based research and development team, include advanced automation, 3D-model designs, and special robotic and bonding techniques.
“The technological advancements in our state-of-art manufacturing facilities help us deliver the highest quality product in the industry, built by the industry’s most talented workforce,” said Burns.
The increase in manufacturing capacity is part of Gulfstream’s strategic plan, which includes expanding wing and empennage production and the customer support service center in Savannah. Gulfstream said the expansion represents a $150 million investment expected to add 1,600 jobs to the region.
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Gulfstream said it also has increased aircraft outfitting operations at Appleton International Airport (KATW) in Wisconsin and at St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS) in Illinois. The company also continues to expand customer support operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW) area and Mesa, Arizona (KFFZ).