Aircraft firm picks Montrose

An international aircraft-manufacturing company that anticipates hiring as many as 200 workers has selected Montrose for its U.S. headquarters and production center, city officials said Wednesday.

The city, however, remained mum on the name of the company, choosing instead to reveal it to the general public during a media event Friday.

The successful culmination of “Prospect Thunder,” as the job of luring the company to town was dubbed by the Montrose Economic Development Corp., will be announced at the Montrose Aerospace Research Park, the economic-development corporation said in a statement.

“This is a global company,” and the move is significant for the Western Slope beyond Montrose, said Sandy Head, president and executive director of the Montrose Economic Development Corp.

She has been working on luring the company to Montrose since Jan. 18, and the success of the effort “is the biggest thing that has happened here for a while,” Head said.

No other details about the identity of the business were released.

The owner and chief executive officer of the company will announce the move Friday and will be joined by state, county, city and other officials, the statement said. The aircraft maker will have on display two models of aircraft it plans to produce in Montrose.

The company anticipates operating in a 50,000-square-foot facility and employing as many as 200 people when it reaches full production in three to five years.


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