Gulfstream announces $55 million investment, 200 new jobs in Appleton

Gulfstream looks to add another 200 workers at its campus at Appleton International Airport
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 10:10 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 4:46 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has announced a $55 million investment and 200 new jobs, adding yet another facility to its campus at Appleton International Airport.

Gulfstream is building a “world-class aircraft paint facility.” The 73,000-square-foot facility is set to start operations in the third quarter of 2023.

The facility will allow painting up to 48 aircraft a year, allowing Gulfstream to perform the entire aircraft completion process, start to finish, at the airport campus in Greenville.

“Today most aircraft that come to Appleton have to be painted in St. Louis, and they have to come here and go there, and it actually ties up our schedule a little bit so this will provide a lot of flexibility to us here in Appleton,” Vice President of Completions Lawrence Buerger explained.

Gulfstream will hold a job fair on June 9 from 12:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the facility at N687 Discovery Drive. People who are interested can walk around the facility and talk with current employees to learn about the day-to-day work firsthand.

The company is looking to hire workers specializing in a wide range of careers for these operations.

“We are looking for every facet of our business, whether it’s AP mechanics, avionics technicians, cabinet builders, furniture makers, upholstery techs -- so we are hiring at almost every single area right now, and so that 200 encompasses that,” Buerger said.

Gulfstream has shown commitment to the Appleton area over the last few years, working to build up its local facilities.

“When you combined the service center, our renovation, expansion of the north hangar, and now this most recent announcement, Gulfstream has invested now $100 million in Wisconsin and state of Wisconsin,” the vice president.

The company said this is a needed step forward as demand continues to rise.

”The demand for the business aircraft has grown incredibly and this expansion will help us develop a paint facility that will allow us to paint about 50 aircraft a year here,” said Buerger.

“Gulfstream continues to make significant investments across the company to address both current demand and future growth in our completions and Customer Support operations,” Gulfstream president Mark Burns wrote in a statement. “The investment in our Appleton facility is a key part of our overall strategy to provide our customers with industry-leading completions and support worldwide.”

Gulfstream says the paint facility will let it customize 48 airplanes a year, start to finish, locally.

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