Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today marked the grand opening of its Mesa Citation Service Center adjacent to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz.

The company constructed a new 101,000-square foot facility that includes 62,400 square feet of hangar space along with office and backshop areas. Cessna has developed 12 acres of its tract flanking three 10,000-foot runways and a 124,800-square foot aircraft ramp, leaving room for expansion as needed.

Randy Soutiere is general manager of the Mesa Citation Service Center, which employs more than 75 maintenance professionals. As previously announced, Cessna has moved its Long Beach, Calif., service center to Mesa to expand space and capability. More than 65 percent of the workforce at Long Beach accepted Cessna's offer to relocate to Mesa.

"We"re thrilled to be open for business in the Phoenix area, and our first day’s activities were robust with seven Citations coming through the door,” said Stan Younger, Cessna vice president, Service Facilities. “The customer and employee experience here is certain to turn Mesa into the premiere location in the Southwest for Citation maintenance. The facility is twice as large and ramp space is 10 times the size of what we offered in Long Beach, and we have room for further expansion as the worldwide fleet of Citation business jets grows.”

The Mesa Citation Service Center is part of Cessna’s global network of company-owned service centers. Along with the company’s more than 30 authorized service facilities around the world, this group forms one of the most comprehensive business aircraft service networks in the world. Cessna is consistently ranked near the top of the industry in third-party customer support surveys, one of the factors supporting Cessna’s continued leadership in annual business jet deliveries.


Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2008, Cessna delivered 1,301 aircraft, including 467 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5.662 billion. Cessna has a backlog of $14.5 billion as of December 31, 2008. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,700 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.

Textron Inc. is a $14.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 28 countries with approximately 42,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.