Work on target for aircraft company's Grissom site

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Officials say construction is proceeding on target for a hangar at Grissom Air Reserve Base in northern Indiana where a company plans to bring in large jets for painting.

The $13.8 million project is expanding a hangar by 50,000 feet to accommodate Boeing 747s and other large planes serviced by Texas-based Dean Baldwin Painting.

Miami County economic development director Jim Tidd tells the Kokomo Tribune that the dry summer helped construction stay on schedule since starting in May.

Construction on the project financed by federal and state loans is scheduled for a mid-December completion at the Grissom Aeroplex near the city of Peru.

The company plans to hire about 200 people to work on some 200 airplanes a year, which officials hope will attract other aviation businesses.

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