Flying Colours Corp., a Canadian aircraft interiors supplier, has expanded its production facility near St. Louis, Missouri. The expanded facility added about 70 new jobs to the region.
“This is the first full infrastructure development to take place in St. Louis since we acquired the business in 2009,” said Flying Colours Executive Vice President Sean Gillespie. “It was needed as demand for our cabinetry and completion skills was outstripping our capacity… The expansion reflects our overall strategic approach to business growth, and we’re not done yet as we anticipate a second phase of development in the USA later in the year.”
Flying Colours provides services and makes components for business jets. Its Chesterfield facility near Spirit of St. Louis Airport makes cabinetry and other interior components for the aircraft. The expanded 100,000 sq. ft. facility, will allow Flying Colours to increase its local production by 600 percent in the first year, and provides space for woodworking production, upholstery, engineering and avionics work, production control offices, conference rooms and client meeting areas.
Missouri has a rich history in aerospace, from Charles Lindbergh, to the Mercury space program, to the latest in aerospace innovation. Today, that cutting edge innovation continues with 100 aerospace manufacturing companies across Missouri, including Boeing, leading the way in every aspect of military aviation.
In fact, Missouri builds the F/A-18, EA-18 and F-15 fighter jets, along with a huge array of military ordinance. And at Boeing’s manufacturing facility in St. Louis world-class talent are working on new and exciting ways to ensure Boeing’s F/A-18 will also be ready to meet the future challenges of aerial warfare.
And its not just military aircraft that are being made in Missouri. Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division recently completed the manufacture of the company’s first 777X wing edge at its plant in St. Louis, which opened last year, and is Boeing’s first commercial aircraft facility in Missouri.
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