A new aviation company coming to the Middle Georgia Regional Airport says it will create more than 80 jobs over the next year. Yulista is based out of Alaska and chose to expand its company right here in Macon. The company maintains and modifies Black Hawks, Lakotas, and other aircraft.
“It is very clear that the Middle Georgia Regional Airport’s bread and butter is aircraft manufacturing, maintenance repair and overhaul,” said Doug Faour, the Middle Georgia Regional Airport Manager.
The Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority is leasing a 25,000 square foot airplane hangar to an Alaskan-based aviation company. ”
Our primary capability is the modification and maintenance of aircraft and new technologies and improved capabilities,” said Harrison.
It’s called Yulista and President Darrell Harrison says they’ll be looking for aviation technicians, quality inspectors and program managers in Central Georgia. ”
Right now, we have about 44 employees in Warner Robins, and we think this hangar will probably bring in, about this time next year, we’re expecting about 50 additional employees right here at this hangar,” said Harrison.
Harrison says he hopes to see the company grow over the next year and a half, ”
“An even larger hangar, one that we can do work on like aircraft as large as say C-130s and so if we could do that we could bring several hundred jobs here,” said Harrison.
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert says industrial and military aircraft maintenance is important for our country and right here in our own backyard.
“Number one, it means jobs, and as they’ve indicated, high-quality, high-paying jobs, which is great. But more importantly, it’s another way that we can help in national defense because maintenance and modification of military aircraft is essential to the fighting forces and the department of defense,” said Reichert.
Yulista started leasing out the hangar at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport Tuesday.
If you’re interested in applying for a job at Yulista, you can visit their website.