Extra Aircraft Receives County Approval On Building Assembly Plant


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Extra Aircraft Receives County Approval On Building Assembly Plant

By Bill Goldston

October 15, 2010 - On Wednesday evening at a public hearing of the Montrose County Commissioners the Extra Aircraft assembly plant was approved by a unanimous vote of the county’s three commissioners.

Extra and the Commissioners worked together to restructure the originally proposed incentives to respond to suggestions made during the due diligence process. Extra aircraft has also obtained the support of the Montrose Economic Development Corp., the City of Montrose , the State of Colorado and Region 10 to bring over two hundred jobs to the Region. 

The County has agreed to build and lease a twenty five thousand square ft facility on eight acres on Montrose Regional Airport. Included in the approved arrangement is the agreement to build additional square footage as Extra’s sales demand increases over time. The German-based company would assemble its 500 series aircraft in Montrose and make the Montrose community its North American headquarters. 

“This is a great day for both Extra Aircraft and the citizens of Montrose. We have almost four hundred employment applications from the community and this is great news for those people who have been waiting for this process to come to fruition. We have all worked together to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Now we are excited to start the process of opening up in Montrose” sad Ken Keith, of Extra aircraft said after the final vote was approved. 


The Extra Aircraft Company was established in 1980 as Extra Flugzeugbau in Germany by Walter Extra, an aerobatic pilot, to design and develop his own aerobatic aircraft. The company is located at Dinslaken airfield in Hünxe, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 

Walter Extra has always viewed aviation from his own special perspective. As one of the world's most successful competitive aerobatic pilots, he decided in the 1980’s to design and build his own aircraft. What began as an experimental one-man operation has since grown into an international success story. 

Today, that initiative has become the championship-based Extra Aircraft line-up, including the aerobatic EA-200, EA-300L, EA-300LP, EA-330LT, EA330LC and EA-330SC aircraft. Combining the initiative of sporting heritage with economical performance leads to the EA-500 Turbine Business Tourer. Each design is masterfully blending performance and economy with the pure joy of flying.
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