Naples, Florida (March 23, 2011) - The Immokalee Regional Airport is adding new aviation tenants with the construction of a new test facility for turbo gas generators overhauled from former aircraft engines. The Collier County Board of County Commissioners approved on Tuesday the lease for Turbo Services, Inc. and their participation in Fast Track permitting through the County's Economic Stimulus program. The company is being assisted jointly by the Collier County Airport Authority and the EDC.
Founded in 2002, Turbo Services is initially investing $680,000 in construction and purchase of equipment. Turbo Services is located in Margate, Florida and overhauls Pratt & Whitney FT4 Industrial Gas Generators. In addition to the repair and overhaul of the engines, it also provides parts, service and sales as well as field and emergency service and client training.
The company's goal is to expand to include the testing of third party engines, which would then generate the need to expand employment to the Immokalee location to receive, set-up, test and ship engines. It currently has 15 employees and is a family-owned operation. Turbo Services overhauled 41 engines in 2010 and owns and operates 32 engines on lease.
Turbo Services chose the Immokalee location due to its reasonable cost of living and proximity to highways and the company headquarters.
"It has been a pleasure working with all the hard-working people of Immokalee. Special attention to the efforts of Commissioner Jim Coletta, Chris Curry and Thomas Vergo of the Airport Authority and Beth Sterchi of the EDC for their on-going support. I, as well as my staff, are excited about our future in Immokalee and look forward to growing this part of the business to be something we all can be proud of," said Tom Stout, president of Turbo Services, Inc.
Turbo Services is constructing an approximately 2,000 square foot facility next to another joint effort between the EDC and the Airport Authority, Salazar Machine & Steel, who is building a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility, and the Army National Guard...
"We are very pleased to welcome Turbo Services as a tenant to the Immokalee Regional Airport. I am hopeful that they will provide future employment opportunities and other indirect economic benefits for the community," said Chris Curry, executive director of the Collier County Airport Authority.