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Westward expansion.

A new California facility allows Pemco to offer heavy aircraft maintenance on both U.S. coasts

Pemco World Air Services has opened a new West Coast facility, taking advantage of the closure of a U.S. Air Force fighter base to double its marketing potential for heavy aircraft maintenance.

The facility, at Southern California International Airport-formerly George Air Force Base-just outside Victorville, Calif., consists of two ex-USAF maintenance hangars plus support buildings, converted to civilian FAA-certified standards. The 13-building complex sits on 33 acres, with 200000 sq. ft. of hangar, manufacturing and warehouse space-including a fully equipped paint shed.

The major marketing advantage of the new facility is that it makes Pemco the first heavy-aircraft maintenance company to have third-party repair stations on both coasts, providing options for airlines on where to take their aircraft for repair, said Matthew L. Gold, chairman of Pemco parent company Precision Standard.

Target market for the Victorville facility will be West Coast airlines or airlines that fly there, Gold said. This includes Asian carriers who could fly into the coast, then over to Victorville for any maintenance up to and including a D check Still, he noted that roughly 88% of Pemco's customers are U.S.-based. The greatest focus will be on the domestic market. …

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