April 13, 2007

Aircraft interiors firm picks San Bernardino for West Coast

Basis Technologies, a small aircraft-interior conversion company, on Wednesday signed a three-month lease to operate out of one of the hangars at the San Bernardino International Airport, officials said.

The company, which is based in Onancock, Va., converts ex-commercial airplanes for private use, said Scot Spencer, general manager of SBD Aircraft Services LLC, which subleases hangars for the airport.

Spencer said the initial lease is effective today, but Basis is in negotiations to extend the agreement to a three-year lease with SBD. It would also have an option to extend the lease beyond three years.

Basis plans to hire about 50 workers for the San Bernardino operation, which will be called Basis West, Spencer said.

"They've been looking for a West Coast facility because they're doing a lot of business on the West Coast," he said. "Now they'll have two facilities, Basis East and Basis West."

The San Bernardino operation is designed to work in conjunction with other maintenance and painting companies there, Spencer said.

"They've already got people out at the hangar setting things up," he said of Basis, adding that the company plans to begin operations there immediately.

"It's nice to see some fruit for all the infrastructure improvements that have been made over the last six or seven years," said Don Rogers, the airport's interim director.

By: Josh Brown. Contact: 909-806-3074 or jbrown@PE.com
Via: www.pe.com

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