Photo, left to right: Holmes Smith, Treasurer, EDA; Councilman Ian Lovejoy; Councilman Jon Way; EDA Vice Chair John Gregory; Airport Director Juan Rivera; APP Jet Center Owner Thom Harrow; Airport Commission Chair Dan Radtke; APP Jet Center Manager Quinn Redden; and State Delegate Jackson Miller.
APP Jet Center broke ground on a new, 20,000 square foot storage hangar at Manassas Regional Airport Thursday, bringing the possibility of more jobs and business for the area.
The new hangar will bring at least four new jobs per plane—two pilots and two maintenance workers, according to Thom Harrow, APP's owner. The hangar is space badly needed at the airport, too.
"Every one of these hangars is full," Harrow said after the ceremony Thursday. "There's no room for more."
"To compete in the region, we need to offer first class hangar service," he added.
Several local officials, including state delegate Jackson Miller and Manassas City Council members Ian Lovejoy and Jon Way, attended the groundbreaking for the hangar, which will be completed in 2014. Development like the hangar will bring money into the area to help ease the strain of residential taxes, said Delegate Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), one of several local officals who attended the groundbreaking ceremony. "The City of Manassas has this [airport] as one of its biggest economic drivers," Miller said. Councilman Way added: "We do a lot of ribbon cuttings nowadays. It's a sign that things are coming back to life again."