Aircraft repair giant AAR Corp. has agreed to take over most of the vacant former Northwest Airlines maintenance facility and bring as many as 225 jobs to the city of Duluth.
The signed letter of intent with the city, announced Tuesday, will let AAR's maintenance, repair and overhaul group occupy 152,000 square feet of the former Northwest hangar, the Star Tribune said. AAR said it plans to hire up to 225 people once the Duluth hangar is operating at full capacity.
"We are making a commitment to Duluth, and today's signing is a major step in establishing a presence here," said Dany Kleiman, AAR's group vice president for maintenance, repair and overhaul. "We hope to become an integral part of the Duluth business community in the coming months."
Duluth Mayor Don Ness said in a prepared statement that this is an important day in the city's history, WDIO-TV said.
"This was a true team effort and our partners worked tirelessly to achieve this important announcement," he said.