MCC helps lure large aviation employer to KC

A large aviation maintenance provider announced Friday that they will open a facility in Kansas City, creating hundreds of new jobs and generating millions of dollars in revenue for the metropolitan area, and MCC’s workforce development offerings helped seal the deal.

Aviation Technical ServicesAviation Technical Services (ATS) announced the company plans to open a new 607,000-sq.-ft. facility at the KCI Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Base at Kansas City International Airport, creating more than 500 new jobs over the next three to five years with potential for 1,000 employees over time. The company will invest upwards of $7 million.

Metropolitan Community College has worked to support ATS from the beginning of the site selection process, helping company leaders understand the education, training and consulting services the college is able to provide to support their workforce needs.

Leaders from the Kansas City Area Development Council, which managed the process to recruit the Everett, Wash.-based company to open a facility in Kansas City, said MCC’s contribution to the securing the deal was significant.

“Metropolitan Community College brought immeasurable value to the entire process of attracting ATS to the KC region,” said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO of the KCADC. “The training they will be able to provide the new employees of ATS made a great impression on the company decision-makers. We are so proud to have MCC in Kansas City.”

The MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation has proposed providing a suite of workforce development services to ATS that would support the company’s recruitment and training needs, according to Jessica Craig, MCC’s manager of economic development.

“This is one of ATS’s first experiences partnering with a community college,” said Craig. “Knowing the track record MCC has with companies like Harley-Davidson and Smith Electric Vehicles, ATS executives were receptive to our service offerings that would help them ramp up in Kansas City.”

In addition to MCC, the KCADC partnered with a number of regional organizations to attract ATS to Kansas City, including the State of Missouri; The Missouri Partnership; Missouri Department of Economic Development; City of Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri Aviation Department; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri; Platte County Economic Development Council; Missouri Division of Workforce Development; KCP&L; University of Central Missouri; Kansas City’s Partnership for Regional Education Preparation (PREP-KC); and the Kansas Department of Workforce Development.

Job seekers interested in employment opportunities with ATS should visit

Read more about the ATS announcement in this Kansas City Business Journal article and this Kansas City Star article.


About ATS

Since opening in 1970, ATS has been providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for commercial and military transport jet aircraft. The largest and most tenured provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on the U.S. West Coast, ATS is owned and operated in the state of Washington. From a base of operations in Everett and Moses Lake, FAA Class IV Airframe and Class 1, 2 and 3 accessory ratings enable ATS to perform MRO services for virtually any transport aircraft in the world. Today, ATS is home to more than 1,000 employees who work together to support a global customer base across five major business platforms: Airframe Services; Components Services; Engineering/ Manufacturing Support; Aircraft on Ground (AOG) Services; Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) Completions/ Maintenance Support. For more information, visit