Aviation maintenance company opening at Louisiana airport

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FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2019 file photo, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards talks to media at his campaign office in Shreveport, La. Louisiana is joining most other states in creating a panel the Census Bureau recommends will help make sure residents are counted in the 2020 U.S. Census, Edwards announced Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

An aviation maintenance and repair facility will open at a northwest Louisiana airport to serve commercial airline customers.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Advanced Aero Services’s plans for a new facility at the Shreveport Regional Airport.

The startup company, called AAS, plans to create 60 new jobs at the site by next year, with an average annual salary of $49,600 plus benefits.

Hiring is expected to begin within two months.

AAS plans to establish its operations in an existing hangar located in the Shreveport Regional Airport’s Aeropark.

Then, it will seek financing for an expansion that the governor’s office said is expected to lead to as many as 1,000 jobs within the decade.

Louisiana is giving AAS workforce training assistance along with tax breaks.

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