GREENSBORO —Piedmont Triad International Airport will spend nearly $3 million to help Honda Aircraft Co. create more jobs and invest $20 million at its HondaJet aircraft maintenance operation.
The contract, awarded Tuesday to a Charlotte-based company, will extend one of the PTIA taxiways by 1,500 feet to the HondaJet maintenance, repair and overhaul facility on the eastern edge of the airport property.
The facility will open in the second half of this year, Honda Aircraft reports. The jobs created at the facility, which haven’t been specified, are part of 419 new positions that Honda Aircraft will create locally through the end of 2015. Honda Aircraft broke ground this past September on the 54-acre maintenance facility site that will become part of the HondaJet corporate complex. Since last decade, Honda Aircraft has invested more than $120 million and developed more than 500,000 square feet of production, research and development and administrative space at PTIA. Its local work force totals more than 750 employees.
The company is developing a small jet for the corporate aircraft market.
The taxiway extension will allow HondaJet aircraft to reach the maintenance operation after landing. The taxiway extension should take four months to complete, said PTIA Executive Director Kevin Baker during the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority monthly meeting.
The contract was awarded to Morlando Construction of Charlotte, which edged out the next lowest bidder by $3,990 on a nearly $3 million project, according to the Airport Authority.