Aircraft operation in Dayton will close, laying off 54 workers

Stevens Aerospace has told Ohio government officials it will close its maintenance, repair and overhaul operation (MRO) at Dayton International Airport in two months.

The facility at 3500 Hangar Drive, Vandalia, will close by Jan. 31, 2024, affecting 54 workers, the company said in a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice) Act letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The letter is dated Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The human resources department at Stevens local operation referred questions to a corporate office Friday afternoon. A message seeking comment was left there.

Employees will be paid wages and benefits through Jan. 31, the company said in its WARN notice.

Stevens Aerospace also has operations in Greenville, S.C.; Nashville and Atlanta.

In September, the company announced that it intended to expand its MRO services to Fulton County Executive Airport at Brown Field in Atlanta. A similar announcement was made at Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport in Nashville in the spring of 2022.

Despite this development, maintenance, repair and overhaul work has been thriving in Dayton lately.

Sierra Nevada Corp. is bidding on projects that would lead to a major expansion at the Dayton International Airport, according to Mark Williams, senior vice president of strategy.

“If we win the big opportunity, that will turn into four of those type hangars plus North America’s largest emissions-free paint hangar,” Williams recently told the Dayton Daily News. “But that’s all contingent on us winning the business.”

With the first Sierra Nevada hangar, which officially opened in February 2023, the two hangars will have a combined 150 employees in Dayton and Beavercreek.

While Brady Hauboldt, vice president, business development for Sierra Nevada, said in an interview last summer that it was too soon to offer details, he believes steady growth is in the company’s future.

“We have some very promising opportunities in 2024 and 2025 to bring a lot more work to Dayton,” he said. “It’s a little early to talk about what those might be, and who we would be supporting, but yes, we have site plans and agreements with the city of Dayton ... to continue our growth with more hangars.”

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