The Greater Rockford Airport Authority (GRAA) has reached an agreement with Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider, AAR, to build a new hangar facility on Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) grounds. The facility is expected to employ up to 500 people and expands RFD’s current service offerings and infrastructure. The 200,000 ft² MRO facility is expected to operate 24 hours a day and will service next-generation, wide-body aircraft. This will allow for scheduled and unscheduled service, modification and overhaul and all other support services for military and commercial aircraft. Final agreements between the partners are currently being developed and construction is expected to begin within the year. The hangar will be located in the mid-field area of the airport and is slated to open in Spring 2016. Rockford joins AAR’s six other MRO locations (Duluth, MN; Oklahoma City, OK; Miami, FL; Lake Charles, LA; Indianapolis, IN and Hot Springs, AR).