PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Aircraft interiors firm Flying Colours announced that the third phase of the Canadian company’s long-term expansion strategy is underway in the first round of infrastructure development at its St. Louis, Missouri facility.
The project will include the addition of a new building, the upgrading of several back shops, a doubling in size of the cabinetry workshop and a workforce growth of 30 percent.
“Our new building gave us a blank canvas on which we have designed and created the ultimate cabinetry workshop. It will look as pristine as an operating theatre when we open, provide a great working environment for our existing and new team members, and a superb location for customer visits. We are very excited about our first phase of growth here,” said Sean Gillespie, Executive VP, Flying Colours Corp.
The new Flying Colours KSUS edifice is located at the end of the Spirit of St. Louis Airport runway, providing access to the existing Flying Colours hangars where it fits out plane interiors. When the doors open in mid-December, a further 40,300 square feet will be added to the Flying Colours Corp. north American footprint.
Flying Colours says the new site’s layout has been specifically designed to improve productivity, efficiency and streamline the workflow. When the doors open it will house a state-of-the-art cabinetry workshop which more than doubles the size of the existing St. Louis woodworking shop.
The fully refurbished facility will comfortably accommodate a CNC room for design, an expansive machine room with a range of detailing tools, two dedicated temperature controlled spray booths, insulated buffing and sanding sections, two varnish and paint mixing rooms, as well as assembly, framing and finishing areas.
A unique feature of the new unit is the installation of an enclosed curing room, used to bake the varnish and paint onto monument cutouts.
Upgraded upholstery, avionics, and engineering workshops will also be accommodated in the modernized building. A series of offices for production control planning and production management teams, as well as conference rooms, storage areas, and further offices, will complement the workshops and provide comfortable, stylish customer meeting areas too.
To gear up for the opening in mid-December, Flying Colours is already busy recruiting a team of over 70 workers in the St. Louis area.
This expansion phase represents a multi-million-dollar investment from Flying Colours which committed to the project having won a significant set of cabinetry projects, for which work will begin in Q1 2018. With the additional building the Flying Colours Corp. KSUS’ footprint will exceed more than 100 000 square feet in total.
In 2009 Flying Colours acquired JetCorp Technical Services based in St.Louis, MO, USA to continue their growth expansion and further establish itself within the aircraft services industry. With more than 25 years in business and an impeccable reputation for service and support in all areas. JetCorp was a welcome addition to the Flying Colours team. In 2013 JetCorp was rebranded as Flying Colours Corp – SUS. www.flyingcolourscorp.com