ACL Airshop, a subsidiary of Greenville’s Ranger Aerospace, is investing $7.2 million in a new air cargo products factory in Greenville. ACL Airshop leases, sells, repairs and manages unit load devices and cargo net strap manufacturing for the aviation industry. The investment is expected to create 32 jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.
"ACL Airshop has been growing for 35 years. This, along with many other growth investments, will propel us to an even stronger future. Aviation's fastest-growing region in the world is the Southeastern United States, and ACL Airshop is at the center of its multi-state crossroads in the Upstate of South Carolina,” said Ranger Aerospace founder and CEO Steve Townes, in a news release. “We are growing. We are hiring. This new factory is one of many improvements we are making globally on behalf of our customers and our employees."
Located in Park West Commerce Park, the 60,000-square-foot facility will feature high bay manufacturing spaces for air cargo nets, transportation straps and other products. Amenities for employees will include indoor and outdoor gathering spaces and a future workout center for fitness and health, according to the release.
"At ACL Airshop, we are proud of what we have accomplished in the last 35 years and could not be more excited to continue our positive growth at a new facility in Greenville County,” said Wes Tucker, ACL Airshop executive vice president, in the release.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant to assist with the costs of site work and infrastructure improvements.
"Greenville County Council is extremely proud of ACL Airshop's decision to establish its new, state-of-the-art production facility amidst Greenville County's thriving group of aviation companies,” said Greenville County Council Chairman H.G. "Butch" Kirven Jr., in the release. “This adds another dimension for local folks to have great careers in all aspects of our growing aerospace industry cluster."p