Duncan investing $66m in facility expansion


Duncan Aviation has made a $66m investment to build additional hangar space at its MRO locations in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jeff Lake, president, Duncan Aviation, said: “The demand for the safety and flexibility has continued to increase, as has the average size of aircraft. This results in increased demand for the hangar space required to complete requested airframe, engine, interior, paint and avionics modifications for the business aircraft fleet. Looking to the future, we know that in order to meet current customer requests and needs, Duncan will need more hangar facilities.”

Working with Tectonic Management Group, Duncan is using the latest in green construction technologies to build at both locations a 46,000-sq ft hangar with 32-ft high hangar doors. There will be an additional 62,000-sq ft, two-floor wing for storage and backshops at both locations.

“Duncan Aviation has consistently reinvested at least 80% of its profits back into the company and its team members in the form of facility expansions and capital improvements,” Lake added.

Sustainable features include light harvesting, radiant floor heating and LED lighting fixtures with sensors and automatic dimming. Tectonic said the buildings and systems will perform over 25% better than standard energy codes.

Site preparation begins this Spring with completion in Michigan expected in the summer of 2023 and a few months after in Nebraska.

That will leave Duncan with 769,000sq ft of hangar space, shop, office, and storage areas in Lincoln. The Battle Creek location will have a total of 443,000sq ft of space.

Mike Minchow, chief operating officer at Duncan’s facility in Lincoln, said: “In addition, we are excited to create up to 75 career opportunities for new team members in Lincoln and Battle Creek, and we have already started to recruit team members to fill the additional positions.”

Andy Richards, chief operating officer of Duncan’s Battle Creek base, said the expansion is a direct result of the excellent service and support operators have received. “Over the past 66 years, Duncan Aviation has grown an increasingly loyal and diverse customer base that depends on the quality service and friendly customer experience provided by our teams,” he said.