Just a year after breaking ground on a new after-market painting operation at Brookley Field, the Ireland headquartered MAAS Aviation has already re-painted 40 airplanes. That’s on top of the work the company does for the newly assembled planes at the Airbus Final Assembly line in Mobile.
Irish Consul Shane Stephens, who visited the company today, says MAAS isn’t alone when it comes to Irish investment in the U.S. and vice-versa.
“Today there are about 150 thousand people employed in American companies in Ireland and there are about a hundred thousand people employed by Irish companies here in the United States, companies like MAAS Aviation,” Stephens says.
MAAS officers say they are excited about the growth potential here in the Mobile area.
“This year we’re planning on painting up to 80 aircraft and to put that into perspective two years ago we painting 17 so that is quite a percentage growth that we’re achieving here in Mobile,” said Chief Executive Officer Tim McDougald.
The stand-alone after-market painting operation is for re-painting airplanes that are already in service, and business is booming.
“We’ve got a program with jet blue that will continue into next year–other customers we’ve supported include Mitsubishi aircraft,” says the head of U.S. operations Geoff Myrick.
MAAS says it considers Brookley its North American headquarters and it is the largest single investment ever undertaken by the company.