Construction is underway on a 45,000-square-foot facility for Pro Star Aviation in Londonderry. (COURTESY/PROCON)
LONDONDERRY — Pro Star Aviation is consolidating and expanding at the same time.
Construction is underway on a 45,000-square-foot facility that will include office and hangar space for the avionics installation and repair business based at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Kevin Harriman, Pro Star managing partner, said Thursday that ground work began about two months ago and construction could be done as early as February.
“We’re consolidating operations finally and will be getting everybody under one roof, which is going to be a good thing for many reasons,” Harriman said.
Pro Star, which services corporate jets and other small- to mid-sized business aircraft, currently leases office space in a building on the west side of the airport complex, has a hangar across the street and Pro Star Precision Machining is on the opposite side of the tarmac. The new building will have space for all and allow Pro Star to do more work at home, Harriman said.
“Part of the expansion is so that we can bring in more work from different regions of the country,” Harriman said. “We do a lot of our work right now on the road. We’re hoping to bring some of that work back here so our crews don’t have to go all over creation to do the modifications.”
Harriman said Pro Star has about 63 employees, many of them excited about no longer having to trek heavy equipment and machinery from one complex to the other once the new facility opens at the site adjacent to Pro Star’s machining entity on Kelly Avenue.
“All you have to do is walk around here and you’ll see the constraints we’re under,” Harriman said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or snowing. There’s constant traffic between this building and the hangar all day long.”
Manchester-based Procon is the general contractor building the new facility. Harriman said the first digging began in mid-May and the first steel framework could be going up next month.
Harriman said the project has a budget just under $9 million and is being privately funded by Pro Star and its banking partner People’s United Bank.
Founded in 1998, Pro Star clients over the last 19 years have included business giants including Nike, IBM and Pepsi.