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Clay Lacy breaks ground on $20M new headquarters, launches aviation education initiative

Clay Lacy Aviation is growing its footprint in the northeast, breaking ground this week on a $20 million expansion at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Oxford, Connecticut. The new project will serve as the aviation company's East Coast headquarters. The first phase will cover 11 acres and include a passenger terminal, executive offices and a 40,000-square-foot hangar. The 16-acre site is able to accommodate additional phases, and an additional investment of $20 million, that would add an additional 80,000 square feet of hangar and office space. Clay Lacy expects the expansion to create 200 new jobs with an annual payroll in excess of $32 million and 420 indirect jobs during the construction process. "We're breaking ground on what will be one of the finest FBOs and aviation facilities in the country," said Clay Lacy President and CEO Brian Kirkdoffer. "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 company says the facilities will be built in accordance with Clay Lacy's Sustainability Strategy and will be certified carbon neutral. That includes solar panels, electric vehicle charging, electric aircraft charging, efficient building design and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). David Lehman, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic andamp; Community Development, spoke of the larger importance of Clay Lacy's KOXC development to the community. "Businesses both in state and out of state want to know what options are out there for private aviation," he said. "This delivers that. This is another selling point for the state of Connecticut and the growth that we foresee in the economy." Clay Lacy Aviation also established an annual scholarship and internship program with CT Aerotech to develop technicians to enter the aviation industry, an aircraft mechanics school that operates a two-year Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology program in Hartford, Connecticut. The program offers students pursuing FAA certifications as airframe and powerplant technicians $16,000 in annual scholarships and $10,500 in on-the-job internships. "We've established a great pipeline to support Connecticut and its economy," said CT Aerotech Principal John Ryan. "This scholarship program just further strengthens that resolve to put people here in Connecticut to work and get these jobs." The new full-service FBO and maintenance facility is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.
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