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‘St Athan could see 1,000 jobs in 18 months’
Friday, 04 May 2012
CARDIFF Aviation Ltd – a new business headed by Iron Maiden singer and aviation entrepreneur Bruce Dickinson – hopes to create up to 1,000 jobs in the Vale.
The company has taken a lease on the Welsh Government-owned ‘Twin Peaks’ hangar at St Athan to establish a maintenance repair and overhaul operation.
Welcoming the announcement, Business Minister, Edwina Hart, described it as “a strong vote of confidence” in the Government’s plans to develop a centre of aerospace excellence at St Athan.
“I am particularly pleased to hear the company is keen to take on skilled mechanics previously employed by the Defence Support Group, create hundreds of highly skilled engineering jobs and also plans to establish an on-going apprenticeship programme as the business grows.
“We have been working closely with Bruce Dickinson and Cardiff Aviation on this exciting project for some time and are delighted it has come to fruition.
“This is exactly the type of investment needed – bringing money into the local economy while also providing an international promotion for St Athan Aerospace Business Park and the Aviation Enterprise Zone.”
As well as maintenance of airliners and other large aircraft for several major and independent airlines, Cardiff Aviation will have facilities to complete the full range of ancillary aircraft maintenance and training activities.
The company has the expertise and approvals to certify aircraft from many jurisdictions, including the USA.
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