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 Premier Aviation

Premier Aviation
394 Hangar Road
Rome, NY 13441
Phone: (315) 838-1500

Premier Aviation Inc., with its corporate headquarters located in Trois Rivieres, Quebec completed its purchase of the assets in October, 2010 of Empire Aero Center (EAC) and assumed occupancy of the hangar space previously subleased by EAC at Griffiss International Airport. The facility consists of approximately 379,000 square feet of space, with three wide body hangar bays, back shops, administrative offices and also includes 13.5 acres of aircraft ramp space. One of Premier's hangar bays is a fully equipped strip and paint facility. Premier has started with 73 mechanics and administrative staff Employment is expected to increase to 275 over the next five years based on anticipated sales growth.
When EAC downsized their workforce, Premier took notice and approached Oneida County and EDGE about a possible expansion at Griffiss International Airport. 394 Hangar Road Corporation, a subsidiary of EDGE, is the landlord for the hangar property. They negotiated a sublease for Premier, as well as reaching an agreement with IAI North America to release EAC from their existing lease.
Countless hours were devoted to leveraging the aviation assets that have been developed at Griffiss, manage the multi-party transactions and review the region's skilled aviation work force.
The hangar property never sat empty during the transition due to a contract secured by IAI North America with DS2 for maintenance of C-5 aircraft. The timing, the strategic investments made at Griffiss International Airport- including the MVCC A&P School- and the improvements to the EAC hangars were major factors in Premier's decision to select Griffiss for its U.S. expansion.
The collaboration between IAI North America, EDGE, Oneida County and Premier also helped provide an orderly transition from EAC to Premier.
"It is core to our mission," shares Steve DiMeo, "to assist in recruiting and helping a new business come to the area. Premier is a perfect example of that."