Gulfstream Breaks Ground For New Building

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Gulfstream Aerospace last week said it recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new business-jet manufacturing building at its headquarters in Savannah, and did so 40 years after the company began operations at the site. The new 306,104-square-foot manufacturing building is in addition to approximately 400,000 square feet of existing manufacturing space the company already uses. Using its existing space, Gulfstream said it expects to manufacture around 80 of its large-cabin business jets in 2007. The new manufacturing building will include 237,827 square feet of assembly and paint areas and another 68,277 square feet of offices, shops and a medical room.

“This is the first real addition to our manufacturing facility since bringing GII production here in 1967,” said Bryan Moss, president, Gulfstream. “Forty years and more than a thousand planes later, we’ve maximized every inch of this plant and it’s now time to expand.” The new manufacturing building is slated for completion by April 2008 and is part of Gulfstream’s seven-year, multimillion-dollar Long-Range Facilities Master Plan announced on March 6, 2006. Additional manufacturing will take place in the existing 209,000-square-foot Service Center following completion of a newer and larger Gulfstream Service and Support Center that will be located on approximately 77 acres of land leased by Gulfstream at the southwest quadrant of the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The first phase of the new service center construction is to be completed this summer, while the second phase is scheduled for completion in late 2009.