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AAR building breaks ground at Rockford airport


Construction crews are pounding away at the soil so the foundation is secure for the massive airplanes that will soon be worked on above it.

"We are right on schedule from a construction standpoint," says Chicago Rockford International Airport Economic Development Manager Jeff Polsean.

Crews began the first phase of the AAR building at the Chicago Rockford International Airport a few weeks ago. 

Once complete, the aviation maintenance building will hold up to eight airplanes.

"This may be if not the largest facility in the country it's one of the largest facilities in the country," says Larson & Darby Group President Dan Roszkowski.

Architect Dan Roszkowski says that's like combining two BMO Harris Bank enters and adding 30 feet on top.

All that space means the company needs to hire around 500 employees when it opens. 

"One of the things that came out of the entire development of this is how we are going to train a workforce that companies like AAR, Woodward, UTC need on a daily basis," Polsean says.

The answer was to partner with Rock Valley College's Aviation Maintenance program. 

Right now students work on airplanes at a building at RFD but in about a month students will have a new location right next to the AAR building.

"Around 12 thousand dollars you can go through the program with your tools, graduate, have your A&P mechanics license and be able to go into the workforce," Polsean says.

The new building now allows RVC to offer its program to around 120 students. They'll work directly with AAR employees and after graduation students are guaranteed job interviews with the company.

"It's going to provide high paying quality jobs for our local youth and those who work within the air maintenance facility process," Polsean says.

The airport says the project is on budget and is still expected to open sometime this spring. 

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