LIVE: Boeing hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for new Jacksonville facilities

Elected officials and community leaders on Friday are set to cut the ribbon and tour the new 385,000-square-foot complex housing Boeing’s state-of-the-art Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility for military aircraft.

(Watch the event by clicking the video player above at 10 a.m.)

The new facility is expected to bring more than 300 new jobs to the Jacksonville area, Boeing said.

The MRO facility includes 275,000 square feet over eight hangar bays, complemented by an additional 110,000 square feet of office and support areas. At full capacity, the facility could accommodate up to 40 F/A-18 fighter jets or eight P-8 multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft.

Boeing’s new 150,000-square-feet Component Operations Repair building is also located across the street from the MRO facility. This site specializes in repairing flight control surfaces and parts for F/A-18 and KC-46 aircraft.

Since opening its existing MRO facilities at Cecil Airport in August 1999, Boeing has maintained, modified and upgraded 1,030 aircraft for the U.S. military and its allies. Other work at the site includes converting F/A-18 Super Hornets into flight demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.

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