There’s considerable business opportunity at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, and various community groups are working to take advantage of the prospects. The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) and Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) recently formed a formal strategic partnership. The goal: collaborate to develop the airport site with additional industrial and commercial components.
Under this historic agreement, the SSMEDC and SSMADC will focus on three growth areas: attracting companies that are a good fit to be located at the airport, identify opportunities for businesses and organizations currently on the site, and work to draw additional airlines and air carriers to Sault Ste. Marie. To achieve these objectives, the two organizations are currently undertaking joint development and promotional initiatives.
“We’re excited to be working with the SSMEDC team in regards to utilizing their business and marketing development services,” said Terry Bos, President and CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation, the non-profit organization that owns and operates the local airport. “Over the past decade, we’ve worked together on a number of fruitful initiatives, and I look forward to building off these successes in the weeks and months to come.”
The SSMEDC and SSMADC are longtime partners. The two organizations have collaborated on various projects in recent years, including:
· 2015: Secured a $1-million investment from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to move forward with a $2-million expansion project to add four new airline counters, new office space for a potential additional air carrier, an expanded passenger screening hold room, and new food and beverage area;
· 2015: Secured funding from senior levels of government to hire a Marketing & Communications intern, a position that’s focusing on increasing passenger traffic and the profile of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport;
· 2011: Landed Porter Airlines, which currently offers multiple flights per day from Sault Ste. Marie to the Billy Bishop City Airport in downtown Toronto;
· 2008: Landed Sunwing Airlines, which provides seasonal direct flights from Sault Ste. Marie to Punta Cana; and
· 2007: Attracted JD Aero Technical Inc., a global aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company that operates out of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport. In 2011, the SSMADC received investments from all levels of government to construct a new 30,000-square-foot hangar, which allowed JD Aero to expand its Sault operation.
“Past efforts have generated significant employment opportunities for our community, and we’re excited to continue this positive trend,” said Dan Hollingsworth, Executive Director of Business Development for the SSMEDC. “With the available land at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, and the transportation efficiencies that many businesses and organizations would realize by locating there, we’re working to draw additional opportunities to the site.”
For more information on the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, visit the SSMADC’s newly-updated website at www.saultairport.com.