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Construction is set to begin soon on a new military helicopter repair facility in Springfield. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Construction is set to begin soon on a new military helicopter repair facility in Springfield.
The facility will be about six and a half times larger than the current AVCRAD facility and will be located near the existing one at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Robinson is Commander of the Missouri Aviation Classification and Repair Activity Depot or AVCRAD.
He says the new facility will accommodate larger helicopters, something the existing facility is not equipped to handle.
The Springfield AVCRAD facility is one of only four of its kind in the country.
Robinson says the new facility, like the current one will work for a 14-state area.
The current AVCRAD facility in Springfield employs 300 people.
Robinson says he expects the new facility will employ more workers.
Robinson says Springfield's AVCRAD facility is vital to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Robinson says it's unclear when the new facility will open...Funding will be the major determining factor.