82 jobs created

Chevron to unveil £8.5m investment at Prestwick

Keith Brown 2Chevron Aircraft Maintenance is to establish an £8.5 million centre of excellence for engineering and training at Prestwick Airport.

The project by the Manchester-based company will lead to the creation of up to 82 jobs, of which 67 are highly specialised and skilled positions.

Supported by a regional selective assistance grant of £2m from Scottish Enterprise, it will be operational early 2017.

It will allow Chevron to deliver a variety of services it is technically qualified to undertake but has been forced to to borrow from other airline facilities.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said the company’s investment, supported by Scottish Enterprise, will bring “many new and highly skilled jobs to the Prestwick area”.  

Managing director of Chevron Aircraft Maintenance, Neil Morris, said: “This is a very important project to us and we have greatly valued the support we have received from Scottish Enterprise in helping us achieve this investment.

“The airport is in an excellent location at the midway point of the Great Circle Route making it a convenient stop off point for the many aircraft that have existing flight planning over the airport.

“The facility will enable the Chevron Group to handle a large range of aircraft and we hope that we can offer additional benefits to Glasgow Prestwick’s existing customer base across passenger, cargo, military, executive and general aviation including training through providing them with MRO and supporting services.”

Prestwick airport is home to a cluster of key players in the aerospace industry including: GE Caledonian, Spirit Aerosystems, UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Goodrich), BAE Systems, Ryanair and Woodward Aircraft Engineering Systems.

Prestwick airport chief executive Ron Smith, said the Chevron investment is the first major new business secured by the new management team.

He said: “Chevron will bring in additional revenue for us through this lease but we also hope that this will provide us with an additional selling point for passenger and cargo airlines and other aviation customers including executive, military and general aviation to operate services to and from Glasgow Prestwick Airport.”

> Earlier this week Mr Brown opened the European headquarters of San Diego healthcare company Dexcom at Tanfield in Edinburgh. Plans for the facility were announced in May and on Monday –  World Diabetes Day – senior executives attended an official ceremony. The office will create 60 jobs over three years.

John Lister, the company’s general manager, EMEA, said: “We are excited to bring the benefits of our state-of-the-art glucose monitoring solutions to diabetes patients across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and build our brand and future commercial business from Scotland.”

Mr Brown said: “I am particularly pleased that an international company like Dexcom recognises the strength of Scotland’s life science sector and chose Edinburgh as their new European headquarters.”

Managing director of Scottish Development International, Paul Lewis, said: “Scotland is the ideal location for Dexcom’s European headquarters. The company will now join the many international investors who benefit from our competitive business environment, strong skills base and effective support network.”

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