Duluth a Finalist for New Aircraft Maintenance Facility

Besides Duluth, Mager said two other facility sites are still being considered: Sioux Falls, S.D., and Columbia, S.C.

Lake Superior College also is considering plans to build an aviation training center to the north of the airfield, which would also benefit from the proposed improvements.

Make no mistake, however. Duluth still has its hopes pinned on Worthington.

"They would be a wonderful fit for this airport," Ryks said, adding, "Their activities would have a positive impact on everyone."

Worthington Aviation was founded in 1998. It employs 45 to 50 people directly, as well as a num-ber of contractors. Mager said the new facility would accommodate the growth of the business and won't represent a relocation from the Twin Cities.

Worthington is a subsidiary of the privately held Churchill Cos., a Minneapolis-based multi-billion-dollar financial services company. Worthington has field offices in Tulsa, Okla.; Wichita, Kan.; Grand Haven, Mich.; and Boynton Beach, Fla.

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