The 188,000-sq.-ft. facility began operations in November 2012. It offers a variety of aircraft services including heavy maintenance and modifications. AAR invested more than $8 million in this business, including $4 million investment in specialty facilities, equipment and tooling.
In its three years at Duluth, AAR has contributed $47 million annually to the regional economy. The facility employees 300 full-time employees, with 30% of its workforce being veterans. AAR also employs 130 contractors and is actively hiring for 100 open positions. It developed a Support Technician Training Program to assist low-income and displaced-worker candidates.
AAR is involved in community education, including working closely with Lake Superior College's Aviation Maintenance Training program. The company offers courses with the University of Minnesota on a supervisor training course taught in-house at the AAR facility. Indianhead Technical College worked with AAR to develop an intern program and to redesign their composite training program.
Active in many local events in Duluth, AAR conducts tours of the facility for schools and participates in Mayor's Housing Summit and the Duluth Workforce Development Board. The company also sponsors major community events, such as the Grandma's Marathon, movies in the park and the Duluth Airshow.
Celebrating its 200th aircraft completion, AAR's maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Duluth, Minnesota, provides services including heavy maintenance and modifications.