With a crowded hangar and “a good backlog” valued at more than $650 million, GDC Technics has begun a $50 million expansion, leasing 840,000 sq. ft. of space at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.

The center currently has two BBJ 787s, a BBJ 777-300ER and a BBJ1 being completed at its original San Antonio base, and is looking forward to a healthy market for narrow- and wide-body VIP aircraft. Operations have already begun at the former American Airlines complex at Alliance, according to general partner Mohammed Alzeer.

“The Alliance facility enables us to accommodate our growing aircraft engineering, modification and systems development services and manufacture of interior components in a world class facility,” said Alzeer. He also noted efforts to win the company’s first military and commercial contracts and added that the backlog target for 2015 is valued at $900 million. While expanding GDC’s capabilities, Alzeer emphasized that the main focus at Alliance will be narrow- and wide-body VIP completion and refurbishment.

GDC plans to maintain its San Antonio site, where it currently has some 650 employees on 340,000 square feet at Port San Antonio Airport (formerly Kelly Air Force Base).

At the same time, GDC is also investing in new technology and processes. Recently completed was implementation of the CATIA engineering software and Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning software packages.

Looking forward, Alzeer said while activity in narrow-  and wide-body VIP completion work continues to be focused on markets in the U.S., the Middle East and Asia (China in particular), with North Africa as an emerging market of some importance. In the past year, GDC has completed incorporation of GDC Africa and GDC Middle East. The Middle East office, said Alzeer, has already won two major contracts.

“We are confident in the business’s overall growth, not only in 2015, but for many years to come,” concludes Alzeer.