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Dassault to Double the Size of Its Little Rock Service Center

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Dassault Aircraft Services announced on Tuesday plans to expand its Little Rock Service Center, doubling the service square footage when the project in complete near the end of 2008.

Nearly 100 jobs will be added over the next three years as a result of the $10 million project, with a majority of the jobs being aircraft maintenance technicians and craftsmen.

In June, Dassault announced a $20 million, 116,000-SF expansion of its business jet completion center at Adams Field, saying it would hire an additional 200 workers to meet its increased production demand.

The Little Rock completion center is the largest of its kind in the world.

"Over one year ago, I announced that Dassault is committed to reaching the premier level of customer service in business aviation," said Charles Edelstenne, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. "This initiative demonstrates that Dassault is continuing to make significant investments to achieve that goal."

The latest project will break ground in the third quarter and will be complete in the fourth quarter of 2008. The new hangar will be able to accommodate up to six additional aircraft and will feature new ‘back shop’ capacity. The back shops will handle light refurbishments of aircraft interiors and structures, a task that was previously handled by the Completion Center. The new hangar will be located next to the existing Service Center.

The Dassault Falcon service network consists of 28 worldwide maintenance centers including three company owned facilities in Little Rock; Wilmington, Del.; and Le Bourget at Paris.

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