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19 there and closed the facility. However, the company retained The facility has supported two fulltime lines, nonde- control of the facility until emerging from Chapter 11 reor- structive testing capabilities (x-ray, ultrasonic, bore- ganization. Outstanding bonds of $40 million issued by the scopic, fluorescent penetrant, magnetic particle, and state of Minnesota (to build the facility) were paid from eddy current), and engineering support in avionics, proceeds from the state selling its equity position in NWA. systems, liaison, and interiors. Ownership of the facility was transferred debt-free to the The Air National Guard on the field is responsible for DEDA in May 2007. fire-fighting support. A pond located outside provides an additional fire suppression resource. In 2008, Cirrus Aircraft, headquartered at DLA, signed a Because of the former NWA maintenance facility, a portion long-term lease for the maintenance facility to use the space of the local workforce is highly skilled in aircraft MRO. for research and development of light jet aircraft (see Figure The property has easy access to the ramp and runways. 14). However, Cirrus vacated the facility in September 2009 The CAT II ILS on the primary runway maximizes land- during the recession. ing and takeoff opportunities in all weather conditions. Other nearby development augments the reuse prospects for the property. The DAA obtained a U.S. Economic Devel- opment Administration (EDA) grant to prepare a site west of the maintenance facility, referred to as the North Business Development Area. The EDA grant paid for extension of the access road and provided new taxiway access and apron area, general parking, and utility infrastructure extensions to this 12.4-acre site. Infrastructure improvements were completed in September 2010. Monaco Air Duluth, the air- port's fixed-base operator (FBO), is prepared to construct and lease buildings on the site. Two proposals under con- sideration include a classroom training facility and aircraft maintenance and parts-manufacturing facility. FIGURE 14 A Cirrus aircraft. (Courtesy: Cirrus Design TENANT RECRUITMENT Corporation.) DEDA's immediate tenant recruitment effort is directed at DEDA is actively marketing the facility. One full-time securing either an independent MRO or an airline that would contract maintenance person inspects and manages the prop- lease the maintenance facility. Other options for the building erty and maintains the fire suppression system and special- will be considered later if an MRO tenant is not found. ized mechanical systems. The building shell is in excellent condition. DEDA estimates that annual maintenance costs DEDA and the airport also have researched the terms for the facility, including utilities and repairs, were approxi- recently offered to MROs at other U.S. airports and are pre- mately $90,000 in 2009. pared to offer competitive rates, attractive lease terms, and other incentives to attract a tenant. REUSE PREPARATIONS INTERIM USE The facility is currently lease-ready for a new MRO tenant. There are several reasons why the facility might be attractive In the meantime, the building currently has an interim tenant to an airline or independent MRO: that leases 1,500 ft2 for storage. ISL Aeronautical Systems is an airship/dirigible manufacturer from Brownsboro, Alabama. The facility is less than 15 years old. ISL rents a 30-ft 50-ft pad for storing its blimp (see Figure The three hangar bays and six shops make it a one-stop 15). Initially, it was through a relationship with Cirrus that ISL facility for maintenance, repairs, and aircraft inspec- first contacted DEDA for storage use. If ISL decides to go into tions. The shops can accommodate machining, sheet dirigible production, it holds an option to rent 15,000 ft2 of metal fabrication, welding, composites, plating, and space at a higher rate. DEDA has right of first refusal with ISL metrology. if it desires to lease the space to another tenant.