First phase of TLM OK'd by commission

February 03, 1998


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Preliminary plans for an aircraft manufacturer were unveiled Monday night with approval from the Berkeley County Planning Commission.

"Welcome to Martinsburg," said Kay Stout, Planning Commission member.

TLM Aerospace Incorporated announced its plan to build at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in October.

On Monday, Virginia Stotler, representing Bruce Van Wyk Enterprises - the developer and contractor for the project - and Stephen Cvijanovich and Ed Renn, of the engineering and architecture firm Davis, Renn & Associates Inc., presented a draft of the project's first phase.

Phase one was advanced to the public hearing stage by the planning commissioners.

It includes a 40,000-square-foot main building, which will house a portion of the manufacturing, a 22,000-square-foot paint shop and a 4,000-square-foot office building.


If all goes as planned, Stotler said she expects to be through the approval process by April 6 and finish construction on the first phase by Dec. 31.

Stotler said the engineers and developers are meeting today to develop site plans for a public hearing.

The $30 million plant could employ more than 400 people over the next five years building single-engine airplanes, similar to Cessnas.

TLM will become the second Taiwanese-backed aircraft builder at the John D. Rockefeller IV Science and Technology Center at the airport. Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. is located at the lot next to TLM's proposed site.

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