(E. Farmingdale, N.Y.) Warren Kroeppel, Sheltair’s Chief Operating Officer, today announced that work is underway on upgrading their 66,000 square foot hangar that dominates Republic Airport (FRG), East Farmingdale, Long Island to ensure that it can continue to meet the needs of 21st Century general aviation and in recognition that the recently passed New York State Aviation Jobs Act will bring new economic growth opportunities at the state owned airport and at other Sheltair facilities throughout New York.
“While the hangar is a marvelous historic landmark, its infrastructure has been continuously upgraded to ensure our customers and tenants get the support their aviation assets require,” stated Kroeppel. “This latest investment reflects a $1,000,000 commitment by Sheltair to ensure the electrical service meets our needs, the passenger lobby offers 21st Century design and amenities, the ramp is maintained, including a new drainage system and the building’s roof remains weather tight under any conditions.”
The Sheltair executive explained that while Sheltair is constantly reinvesting in its infrastructure across the country the Republic facility became a priority in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo signing The Aviation Jobs Act which dramatically reduces taxes on aviation related sales and maintenance in New York, the nation’s gateway for international air travel.
Kroeppel stated, “Our significant investment is a reflection of the commitment we made to state lawmakers and this Governor that if the jobs act was passed we would reaffirm our confidence in New York as a place to do business by strengthening our roots. Our Republic renovations are just part of that pledge and we are now poised to take advantage of the benefits this legislation will offer our industry.” The New York State Aviation Jobs Act allows the state to confront the poaching of aviation related business by neighboring regions by reducing taxes and levies on aircraft sales and maintenance. As a result the aviation community will significantly benefit from the ability to reduce the cost of doing business in New York.
Sheltair has grown its already significant footprint in New York with major operations at JFK and LaGuardia and is expanding in other states experiencing a significant expansion in their economies including Florida and Georgia.
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