Aircraft refurbishing company soars

Military spending on new airplanes is shrinking, forcing the government to maintain and refurbish the planes it already has. That’s something Sabreliner Corp. in Perryville specializes in.

“When it comes to the Department of Defense, the money is not there to buy new aircraft,” said Jim Meier, senior vice president of government and corporate aviation services at Sabreliner. “The money is there to keep the aircraft they have flying. That’s our niche. We keep aging aircraft flying, and we’re pretty good at it.”

The company, with locations in Perryville, St. Mary, Mo., and Ste. Genevieve, Mo., hasn’t built an airplane since 1982.