THE DEAL 6 YEARS IN THE MAKING THAT WILL BRING AEROSPACE
JOBS TO SPOKANE COUNTY!
THOSE JOBS ARE PART OF AN AEROSPACE COMPANY THAT JUST
ANNOUNCED A MAJOR EXPANSION.
KXLY4'S IAN CULL IS LIVE AT THE AIRPORT.
IAN, HOW MANY JOBS WILL BE ADDED, AND WHAT IS THIS
EXOTIC METALS FORMING COMPANY MAKES SHEET METAL PARTS
FOR COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY AIRPLANES.
THEY'LL SOON EXPAND TO A LOCATION NEAR THE AIRPORT
-- AND ITS EXPECTED TO BRING 100-150 JOBS TO SPOKANE
ANOTHER AEROSPACE COMPANY EXPANDING TO THE INLAND
IT SPARKED A CELEBRATION FROM COMMUNITY LEADERS THIS
EXOTIC METALS HAS 900 EMPLOYEES, AND IS BASED IN KENT.
THE COMPANY WILL SOON OPEN A 150-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT
MANUFACTURING FACILITY ON AIRPORT PROPERTY.
DOUG GINES, EXOTIC METALS VP AND CEO @ 8
The skilled and motivated labor in the Airway Heights
area and greater Spokane make it a great fit for us.
DOUG GINES IS THE VICE PRESIDENT AND C-E-O OF THE
HE SAYS THE DEAL TOOK SIX YEARS.
THE SEARCH FOR A NEW LOCATION WENT FAR AND WIDE --
BEFORE LANDING AT THE AIRPORT.
DOUG GINES, EXOTIC METALS VP AND CEO @ 9
We actually extensively searched not only the United
States but also outside of the United States and we
feel that this fits our culture the best, the Spokane
I think the workforce here is ready to go to work.
SPOKANE COUNTY COMMISSIONER AL FRENCH SAYS THIS WILL
CONTINUE THE UNPRECEDENTED AEROSPACE GROWTH IN OUR
AL FRENCH, SPOKANE CO COMMISSIONER @ 10
We're taking advantage of this opportunity as a region.
IN FACT, HE SAYS THE RATE OF BUSINESS GROWTH IN THE
LAST THREE YEARS ON THE WEST PLAINS, IS GREATER THAN
ANY PERIOD IN THE LAST THREE DECADES.
AL FRENCH, SPOKANE CO COMMISSIONER @ 11
The first thing we did is change some of the development
regulations that allow for these kinds of projects
to take place.
FRENCH SAYS CITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE WORKING TOGETHER
TO IMPROVE JOB GROWTH IN THE AREA.
THEY'RE SENDING A MESSAGE -- THAT'S BEING RECEIVED
-- AND REELING IN COMPANIES LIKE EXOTIC METALS.
DOUG GINES, EXOTIC METALS VP AND CEO @ 12
I think ultimately it was the business climate here,
it was the infrastructure, the location, proximity
to the airport.
THE FACILITY IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT
A YEAR, WITH JOBS STARTING NEXT SPRING.
IAN, ANY IDEA WHAT KIND OF JOBS THESE WILL BE AND
HOW MUCH THEY'LL PAY?
I ASKED THE C-E-O THAT, MOST OF THEM WILL BE MANUFACTURING
JOBS -- BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THE WAGES WILL BE.