Clay Lacy: Laying foundations for the future


Clay Lacy Aviation has broken ground on its $20m expansion at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC), Connecticut. 

The firm has also launched an annual scholarship and internship programme with aircraft mechanics school, CT Aerotech in the local area. It will operate a two-year Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology programme in Hartford, Connecticut — about 40 miles from KOXC. It is the sixth year of operational service for Clay Lacy in the northeast US.

Brian Kirkdoffer, president and CEO, Clay Lacy said: “As our East Coast headquarters, it will expand and enhance all of the services that we provide. Oxford will be an incredible economic and employment engine, attracting and supporting the finest aircraft and flight operations in the world.”

The first 11-acre phase will feature a passenger terminal, offices and a 40,000sqft hangar.The facilities will create 200 new “high-paying” jobs with an annual payroll in excess of $32m and 420 indirect jobs during the construction process, said Clay Lacy. The FBO and maintenance facility is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.

The facility will be certified carbon neutral and built according to Clay Lacy’s sustainability strategy. Features include solar panel provisions, electric vehicle and aircraft charging and Sustainable Aviation Fuel. 

The 16-acre site is able to accommodate additional phases, and an additional investment of $20m, that would add another 80,000sqft of hangar and office space.

Kevin Dillon A.A.E., executive director, Connecticut Airport Authority said the partnership with Clay Lacy will have region-wide benefits. “Investments like this serve a very significant role in the overall economic development mission of the authority. It elevates the stature and status of the airport and allows us to attract activity all over.”

The new scholarships and programme for airframe and powerplant technician FAA certifications with CT Aerotech will provide $16,000 in annual scholarships and $10,500 in on-the-job internships.

John Ryan, CT Aerotech, principal of the partnership and internships, said: “We’ve established a great pipeline to support Connecticut and its economy. This scholarship programme just further strengthens that resolve to put people here in Connecticut to work and get these jobs.”

The $20m, 11-acre development at Waterbury-Oxford Airport. (credit: Clay Lacy Aviation)