Worcester (August 20, 2013) – Congressman Jim McGovern, Tom Glynn, CEO the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), Worcester Chamber President and CEO Tim Murray, local elected officials and community and business leaders today joined Rectrix Aviation for the official groundbreaking of the company’s new fixed base operations facility at Worcester Regional Airport, owned by Massport.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Massport on this very exciting new project,” said Rich Cawley, president and CEO of Rectrix Aviation. “Like Massport, we believe in the vision and potential of this airport to serve as an economic driver for the region and know that this facility will be an important part of attracting large corporate carriers and new businesses to Worcester.”
Rectrix, which provides premium private jet, aircraft management and fixed-based operations services in Florida and Massachusetts, will construct a new $5 million, 27,000 square foot facility that will serve as a full service fixed base operations center including space for maintenance, storage, customer service and a training and conference center.
"Rectrix's investment at the airport is another testament to Worcester's strength as a transportation hub," said Congressman McGovern. "This new operation creates new jobs in Worcester today, but as importantly, it will be a key driver in attracting future economic developments to the greater Worcester region for years to come."
The new Worcester facility is one of two fixed base operations that Rectrix will be constructing as a result of a multi-million dollar contract awarded by Massport. In addition to Worcester Regional Airport, Rectrix will also begin construction of a fixed operations base at L.G. Hanscom Field. Combined, the two developments will create nearly 100 new jobs and each will be large enough to accommodate large corporate aircrafts.
"Airports are economic engines and Rectrix’s entry into Worcester Regional Airport will create jobs and economic benefits for Central Massachusetts,’’ said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Businesses rely on corporate aircraft to conduct business - it's an extension of the board room. We welcome Rectrix Aviation’s investment at Worcester Airport."
The Worcester and Bedford facilities are expected to be completed within one year and will qualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification standards that were established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The new fixed base operations center in Worcester is the first major facility addition to the airport since its construction in 1993 and is expected to increase both residential and commercial air carrier traffic to the city because of its maintenance and ground service offerings.
"The sale of the Worcester Regional Airport to Massport paved the way for new capital investment at the facility allowing for Rectrix to locate in Worcester,” said Timothy P. Murray, President and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Rectrix's presence and investment is further evidence of Worcester's growth as a road, rail, and air transportation hub."
The general aviation industry, which includes airports, maintenance facilities, manufacturers, suppliers and other support businesses, is a $150 billion industry in the United States – creating more than a million jobs nationwide. In Massachusetts alone, the state’s 30 general aviation airports generated more than $443 million and supported more than 4,300 jobs in 2010, according to the Massachusetts Statewide Economic Impact Study, published recently by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division.
“This project marks a major milestone for the Worcester Regional Airport and signifies what the vision of this facility is all about,” said Andrew Davis, manager of Worcester Regional Airport. “From day one, Rectrix, a local, Massachusetts based company, has been invested in the economic development of this community, creating jobs for the skilled residents of Worcester, while also attracting businesses from across the globe.”
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