TIA Hangar complex up for sale, lease

HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS POSSIBLE Bombardier Aerospace has put a massive hangar complex at Tucson International Airport on the market, raising hopes a new owner or tenant could bring hundreds of jobs. The asking sale price for the buildings...

Since October 2005, TREO has helped find buyers for two big vacant commercial buildings: Pella Corp. bought the old Weiser Lock building on the Southwest Side, and La Costea Foods bought the Slim- Fast plant on the Southeast Side.

Whoever buys or rents the hangar property would be eligible for state job-training funds, Smith said, adding "That's a huge plus."

Meanwhile, Bombardier isn't going anywhere, despite cutting hundreds of jobs in recent years. At theof 2006, Bombardier reported 614 full-time-equivalent employees in Tucson, down from a peak of 2,250 in 2001.

Bombardier extended its lease for 22 years In September and is adding employees to its regional operation, Brammer said.

"We plan to be a long-standing corporate citizen in Tucson," he said.

Did you know...

The hangar and maintenance property Bombardier Aerospace is marketing at 1555 E. Aero Park Blvd. was built in 1990 by Lockheed Martin to work on L-1011 jetliners. Lockheed used the facility for five years, then it sat vacant until Bombardier's Learjet subsidiary bought it in 2001, and used it for aircraft-completion work. Bombardier moved its completion operations to Wichita, Kan., and Montreal starting in 2004. The startup Dunnair Business Jet Completion Center subleased the hangar complex and used it briefly before folding in late January.

* Star reporter Gabriela Rico contributed to this report. * Contact Star Assistant Business Editor David Wichner at 573-4181 or at dwichner@azstarnet.com

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