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Aircraft repair company to bring 180 jobs to Horry County

2012 photo of the company's Arizona location. (Source: Facebook) 2012 photo of the company's Arizona location. (Source: Facebook)
Image from reporter Ruby Durham's Facebook Live stream of the announcement. (Source: Ruby Durham) Image from reporter Ruby Durham's Facebook Live stream of the announcement. (Source: Ruby Durham)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Kingman Airline Services, an Arizona-based maintenance, repair and overhaul company, announced plans to establish operations in Horry County, investing over $2.5 million and creating about 180 jobs.

"Kingman Airline Services' decision to do business in South Carolina is great news for our state and for our growing aerospace industry,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “The 180 jobs that will be created by this $2.5 million will make a real difference in Horry County, and we look forward to watching this great company grow and thrive here for a long time."

What started six months ago came to fruition Wednesday morning when Myrtle Beach and Horry County leaders announced the deal to get Kingman Airlines to operate and maintain services on private and commercial planes that come in and out of Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Those 180 jobs will have a minimum salary of $18.50. 

Kingman will lease an existing facility and ramp space at MYR for maintenance and aircraft services, including long and short-term commercial aircraft storage, fleet management, aircraft repair and maintenance, engine removals and installation, airframe dissemble and dismantling, records audits, interior refurbishment, pre-buy inspections, consulting services, and ferry services, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Kingman Airline Service President Kevin Dolan said up to 30 people could work on a plane handling emergency repairs, as well as regular maintenance.

"The airlines would coordinate three months ahead of time and say, 'Kevin we need someone to work on this in August,'" he said. "So, that's the typical scenario."

While the CEO said business will start in early August, he's already expecting big things.

"My dream would be that we had three or four planes in the hangars at all times, providing all different services for commercial airlines (and) business aviation as well," Dolan said. "We're going to reach out to everybody all over this coast and bring them in here."

The company is a Federal Aviation Authority-approved Part 145 repair station, and in addition to storing a preserving large aircraft, it offers maintenance for Embraer, Bombadier CRJ, SAAB and Boeing aircraft, the news release states.

"Horry County is a great place to live and work, and Kingman Airline Services is proving that fact today. We are excited about adding Kingman to our business community and as a tenant at the Myrtle Beach International Airport,” said Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus

Dolan said he was attracted to Horry County because of its capabilities and culture. 

“Horry County has experienced, hands-on people committed to partnering with companies to improve and grow their business," he said. "We are very excited to join the Myrtle Beach community."

Kingman will hire airframe and powerplant technicians, operators and craftsman, along with managerial, professional and service positions. Those looking to apply can visit the company’s career page here.

"It is a great pleasure to welcome Kingman Airline Services to Horry County. Their business model fits the Myrtle Beach community very well, and they will provide high-quality jobs to almost 200 skilled workers in our community,” said Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Josh Kay. “This announcement is just another example of our great team, including the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, Horry County Airports, the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority and the City of Myrtle Beach."

View a livestream of Wednesday's announcement here:

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