Officials from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and the Savannah Economic Development Authority announced on Wednesday a new company coming to the Savannah area.
Savannah Aviation Parts and Services expects to bring 200 jobs to the area over the next five years. It is set to begin work in 2014 and will make a total investment of $15 to 17 million in the community.
The company creates high-end custom made aircraft interiors. It will have two locations in the area, one at the airport for the bigger airplanes, the other will be in Pooler.
The co-founder of the company, Hoss Motlagh, already has a record of bringing in jobs and business when he started up Savannah Aircenter almost 20 years ago, and the expectation is Southern Aviation Parts and Services will have an even greater impact.
"I'm very excited," said Motlagh. "This is another great day for myself and my partners, the community, the Savannah Airport and SEDA."
SEDA Chairman David Paddison says because of other aviation companies, like Gulfstream, the area has become an aviation hub allowing them to attract this type of business.
"That has put us in the position as an economic development authority to be able to work with other firms that are in some way shape or form associated with aviation. They see Gulfstream. They know what a leadership position they have in the world, and it's attracted lots of activity at our airport," said Paddison.
The company says it plans to work with the local collages and technical schools to help grow its work force, and they plan to start work in 2014.