Premier Aviation Signs Contract with Cape Air, Creates Jobs

Premier Aviation Signs Contract with Cape Air, Creates Jobs

A major airline has just signed a contract with premier aviation in Rome. We're told the three year deal will create 15 new jobs but there could be even more on the way.
A major airline has just signed a contract with premier aviation in Rome. We're told the three year deal will create 15 new jobs but there could be even more on the way.

Premier Aviation has been hired to paint up to 70 of Cape Air's passenger aircrafts. Premier is recruiting fifteen people to work in the paint facility but they're also looking to fill 50 other positions for what they say is coming in the near future. 

Just like you take your car to the shop, planes need upkeep, too. That's what premier aviation overhaul center is for, dealing with maintenance, repairs, and even paint jobs.

“It's the only paint bay in the Northeast, we'll have 25 full-time dedicated employees, this is a stepping stone to this paint hanger, you can see behind me what was invested into this bay," said Jennifer Rapson, financial, controller.

This corporate jet is one of about seventy that will get a fresh paint job here over the next three years. Among those doing the work is new local hire, Zakary Cavoly.

"I grew up in a body shop and I went to tech school for collision repair, going from working on cars to working on airplanes is a big difference, but it's a fun challenge," said Zakary Cavoly, airport support tech painter.

This aircraft has been completely stripped and now it's being prepped for that first layer of paint.
"There's three layers of paint they'll apply, a clear coat, and they'll put the decals back on," said Rapson.
The whole process takes about one week of intensive work. The 15 positions are entry level, but there is potential for moving up the ranks

"We need people to stay in the paint program but we need them to excel further in to other areas possibly," said Rapson

And those fifty other hires? Rapson says major contracts are in the works that will mean even more jobs for the area, something Cavoly says will benefit people just like him.

“I think more people would like to get hired, once they know more planes are coming in, more people are going to want to come in and start something new to do," he said.
 


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