Air Logistics has broken ground on a $4.5-million expansion of its headquarters at Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, La.
The expansion will be a two-story, 27,068-sq-ft facility named the Ken Jones Administration Building, after a co-founder of the company. It builds on growth Air Logistics has already experienced at the airport, which serves as the hub for the company’s operations.
The third phase of a construction plan, the latest work "is symbolic of three things for Air Logistics," said Air Logistics President and CEO Michael Suldo. "First, it represents our growth and prosperity as a successful company. Second, it is a symbol of our continued commitment to our customers and local community. Finally — but most importantly — it represents the reality of a vision one of our original founders had from the beginning."
Suldo said incentives from Louisiana, including a nearly $1-million infrastructure grant, kept the company in New Iberia.
A new state-of-the-art Flight Following Center will also be located in the new building. Using satellite and radio communications, it will have the ability to track any suitably equipped Bristow aircraft worldwide, although primarily focusing on the Gulf of Mexico area. Air Logistics is part of the Bristow Group.
The latest construction also will allow Air Logistics to relocate the offices of its finance department, now in Lafayette, La. with the other administrative departments now at the Acadiana Airport.