Hundreds of new aviation jobs coming to KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Aviation Technical Service (ATS) announced Friday it is expanding its operations to the Maintenance and Overhaul Base at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Mo. ATS is based in Everett, Wash., and is the largest maintenance and repair company on the west coast for 737s and 757s.

"This is going to be great for the local economy," City Manager of Kansas City, Mo., Troy Schulte said.

Schulte quickly explained Kansas City did not offer ATS any tax incentives.

"What they (ATS executives) were looking for was job-training assistance and we obviously had a facility that was ready, willing and able for them and that's what they wanted to take advantage of," he said. "So we didn't need to put incentives in the deal, we had something they were needing and wanting."

American Airlines previously rented the Maintenance and Overhaul Base and received tax incentives. ATS is not getting any tax incentives, but it will pay a reduced rate for rent.

ATS executives are promising 580 new jobs to start when the facility opens in the spring. Some employees will relocate from Washington to Kansas City but hundreds of workers will be hired in Kansas City. The average salary is $50,000.

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