Carolina Aeronautical expected to open mid-February at Bob Sikes

Published: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 02:51 PM.

"What an absolutely fantastic asset this company will be to the Crestview Bob Sikes Airport, the county, and to many of our county folks, especially our veterans, in Okaloosa County," County Commissioner Wayne Harris says.

"It's always exciting when industry recognizes the opportunities they have to be successful in our area," Mayor David Cadle says. "Crestview welcomes the folks from Carolina Aero who are coming and settling here."

Growth of the region's aeronautics industry attracted the school to open in Crestview, Clark said.

"With Airbus coming and the F35 at Eglin, there is going to be a good market for mechanics in coming years," Clark said.

Florida’s business-friendly environment and the Crestview area's quality of life impressed school officials, the EDC release stated.

Carolina Aero's presence "is further evidence that organizations are taking note of the diverse and growing Northwest Florida aviation cluster," EDC Executive Director Nathan Sparks said.

 “Carolina Aero has been greatly impressed by the outpouring of goodwill and support from the business associations in the county," Clark said. "We look forward to becoming a contributing member of the community.”

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