Spirit Airlines, Inc. has selected a site at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, MI for a new maintenance hangar project.
Supported by Michigan and Romulus economic development incentives and site preparation being provided by the Wayne County Airport Authority, Spirit plans to invest $31.7 million to build a 126,000-square-foot commercial airline maintenance hangar.
The project will create 84 new aircraft maintenance and repair related jobs for the City of Romulus and Wayne County.
Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ben Baldanza said in a release that Spirit Airlines has a long and proud history with Michigan and specifically Detroit Metropolitan, Wayne County Airport. Baldanza added that they’re also excited that Spirit will be bringing additional jobs to this community.
Michigan won the project over competition from another site the company was looking at near Houston, TX. One of the key deciding factors in favor of Michigan was the package of state and local incentives that Spirit has been offered as a result of more than a year and a half of negotiations.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Michigan Strategic Fund support for a $1 million performance-based grant for the project through the Michigan Business Development Program.
MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood said in the release that it is through the efforts of the City of Romulus and the Wayne County Airport Authority that these well-paying jobs are coming to Michigan residents, and added that they are pleased to support that collaboration.
The City of Romulus is offering economic development tax incentives to Spirit in the form of a 10-year tax abatement for the project. Romulus Mayor LeRoy D. Burcroff noted that the incentives they are offering will bring more jobs and investment to not only Romulus, but all southeast Michigan.
The Spirit Airlines hangar project site at Detroit Metropolitan Airport is part of a unique two-airport zone served by the VantagePort (formerly Aerotropolis) economic development public-private partnership. Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Willow Run Airport, located 10 miles apart along I-94, offer a wealth of undeveloped land and excess runway space.
The Wayne County Airport Authority is supporting the Spirit Airlines hangar project through investment in site preparation to facilitate development of the Spirit Airlines hangar site as well as surrounding sites.
WCAA CEO Thomas Naughton said it is very gratifying to see the hard work of their team, and the support of their local and state partners, come together to accomplish new development and job growth at the airport.