Digital rendering of Gulfstream's new Appleton paint hangar
Artist's rendering of Gulfstream's new Appleton, Wisconsin paint hangar. (Image: Gulfstream Aerospace)

Gulfstream Plans $55M Expansion, 200 New Jobs

Increased customer demand and a growing fleet of super-midsize and large-cabin jets led to the decision to upgrade the company’s Wisconsin site.

Gulfstream Aerospace plans to hire for more than 200 positions and invest $55 million in expanding its Appleton, Wisconsin site because of increased customer demand and its growing fleet of super-midsize and large-cabin jets.

The Appleton expansion involves the construction of a 73,000-square-foot paint facility using a paint booth design developed by the airframer and Wisconsin-based paint booth manufacturer Global Finishing Solutions. When operational, the facility will have the capability to paint up to 48 aircraft a year and enable the Appleton site to offer entire aircraft completions. It is expected to open in the third quarter of 2023.

The company’s Appleton workforce planning calls for hiring engineers, mechanics, avionics technicians, and skilled trade and craftspeople. “We are in a period of rapid growth and are currently hiring for a wide range of positions,” added Gulfstream vice president of completions L.D. Buerger.

Additionally, Gulfstream has made several enhancements to its Appleton site, including an office area for completions customers and pilots, a wood finishing area, an upgraded shipping and receiving area, and a completions hangar with an employee breakroom and lockers.

The Appleton expansion follows Gulfstream’s expansion of its St. Louis completions, as well as new facilities in Fort Worth and in Mesa, Arizona, and an expansion of its customer support call center in Farnborough, England.

“Gulfstream continues to make significant investments across the company to address both current demand and future growth in our completions and customer support operations,” said company president Mark Burns