NORMAN — The announcement that Commander Aircraft Corp. will establish a service and manufacturing headquarters at OU’s Max Westheimer Airport will be a boost for the state’s aerospace industry and for Norman.
The airport, now home to OU’s aviation program and the state’s own airplanes, will fill two hangars and expand one of them by 50,000 to 70,000 square feet. The company hopes to employ up to 100 persons within three years in Norman.
The company, which traces its roots to Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City, had moved to Missouri in 2005. It filed bankruptcy in 2005 and 2011 and has had some financial struggles. The new owner purchased the company at an auction this past year.
The move to Norman comes after a nine-month search in four states. Westheimer’s recent and planned upgrades no doubt helped the company make the decision to locate here. The airport was once the home of a Navy base that trained pilots.
We look forward to the company’s location here and wish them well in their endeavors.
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