Kansas City rolls out the welcome mat for ATS

The Kansas City Aviation Department hosted a reception this morning for Aviation Technical Services (ATS), which will be opening a new facility at Kansas City International Airport this year.  ATS, an Everett, Wash.-based company, will sign off on their lease agreement as of tomorrow, Feb. 1, with plans to go operational by April.

Governor Jay Nixon and Kansas City Mayor Sly James personally extended a welcome to ATS executives, CEO Matt Yerbic and COO Brett Burnside.  Representatives from area organizations and businesses were also in attendance, including Metropolitan Community College (MCC).

Nancy Russell, dean and executive director of the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation, represented MCC Chancellor Mark James at the event.

“MCC is extremely excited to be working with ATS as it ramps up its operations with the onboarding of new employees,” said Russell.  “We look forward to developing a long-term relationship regarding the future training needs of its workforce.”

ATS’s decision to come to Kansas City represents a major coup for the local economy.  The company anticipates investing upwards of $7 million in resources to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services at KCI, which will translate to over 600 jobs in the next three to five years.  Over the next ten years, that number could swell to over 1,000, with an average salary range of $60,000 for skilled workers.

There were many factors involved in ATS’s decision to open a Kansas City location.  Among them—access to MCC’s workforce development offerings, including education, training and consulting services.  Every year, MCC provides training to over 2,500 workers.  Over 93% of students who complete a certificate or degree program through MCC remain in the area.  The existing pool of qualified aviation workers in the Kansas City area is already sizeable, but MCC is prepared to provide customized training to plug any skills gaps particular to ATS’s staffing needs.

ATS has already begun to take avail themselves of these resources, with MCC spearheading the talent search for new employees.  Shortly after the announcement to open a location in Kansas City, MCC created a website to recruit potential new hires for ATS.

To date, the site has received resumes and contact information from over 600 people.  These individuals hail from all over the region and bring an impressive array of experience, including former TWA employees eager to return to the industry.

In addition to MCC, the Kansas City Area Development Council (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: aviationtech.mcckc.edu.