By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Airline Maintenance Service Inc., which its name suggests, provides maintenance work for airplanes of all shapes and sizes.
But the Nashville-area company’s new operations in Tupelo will focus on light turbine and turboprop aircraft, officials said Thursday at the Tupelo Regional Airport.
“We’ll be bringing in everything to do the maintenance on smaller jets like the Citation, Learjet and King Air” said AMS President Corey Gillard.
AMS, which will invest about $130,000 in renovating the hangar adjacent to Universal Asset Management next to the airport, expects to open on March 1.
Initially, the company plans to add seven jobs, with an annual payroll of $340,000.
But to get there, it will have to recruit customers to use its services. Gillard said AMS will recruit from a 250-mile radius around Tupelo.
“We looked at other locations, but Tupelo provided us an opportunity, plus it’s centrally located between Memphis, Birmingham and Jackson,” he said.
Tupelo also stood out, he added, “due to the city’s favorable business climate and the cooperative nature of the airport board, airport management and city leaders.”
AMS will provide scheduled and phased maintenance to aircraft from Tupelo that hasn’t been available before.
“They’ll fill in a gap in service,” said Tupelo Regional Airport Executive Director Josh Abramson.
The work now provided at the airport’s fixed base operator, Tupelo Aviation Unlimited, is for piston engines, while AMS will target turbine aircraft, he said.
AMS is accustomed to working with larger aircraft. The eight-year-old company has been providing service to carriers for years in Nashville, and recently received sole provider status at Nashville International Airport.
Gillard said that experience led the company to expand its services. He said AMS will work hard to gain new clients.
“Our business development manager, Erick Larson, will be going out and meeting potential customers in the next few months,” he said.
AMS will pay the airport $1,500 a month in its lease, although the first two years’ payments will be adjusted to reflect some of the company’s investment in its Tupelo facility.