- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - An aircraft maintenance company plans to open a facility in Kansas City that could eventually employ 500 people.

Aviation Technical Services plans to begin renovations in February on a building at Kansas City International Airport. It’s expected to be ready to open in April.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday the Kansas City facility will be Aviation Technical Service’s first outside the state of Washington, where it was founded in 1970 in the city of Everett. Nixon said the company could employ more than 500 people over the next three to five years.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development said the company could receive up to $9.6 million of state incentives if it meets job creation and capital investment criteria.

Aviation Technical Services currently has more than 1,000 workers.

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