100 aviation jobs slated for Griffiss


ROME, NY (WUTR-TV) — Oneida County announced a $1.96 million, five year, lease agreement at Griffiss International Airport with Strategic Global Aviation–set to bring in 100 jobs along with the tenancy.

County Executive Anthony Picente says the company is “going to be doing maintenance and refurbishing of C-130” military airplanes.

In operation since 2017, according to SGA’s website, the company has conducted work for foreign governments, overseas.

President and CEO John Hester says the Rome space will offer the company’s first opportunity to conduct maintenance work in the United States.

“Our U.S. customer base consists of all the military branches and government agencies that require aircraft maintenance services. SGA will not be doing any commercial aircraft at the Griffiss facility,” Hester told Eyewitness News.

Oneida County Commissioner of Aviation Chad Lawrence said the Building 101 space being leased by SGA can hold “three or four” C-130 planes.

Despite the job announcement, how long it will take until they are hired is unknown.

A release from Picente’s office says the first 50 jobs is expected to come during “the first phase” of a U.S. Department of Defense contract starting after the New Year; another 50 jobs to follow in later phases as more contracts are awarded.

Hester says SGA intends to hire local talent, and the company is looking for experienced and enthusiastic personnell.

The county also put a lease renewal offer on the table: another five years for a cost just over $2 million.

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