Aero-Flite moves firefighting planes to Spokane

A company that supplied planes to help fight the Carlton Complex fires is moving to Spokane International Airport.

Governor Jay Inslee was on hand for the announcement Thursday morning.

Aero-Flite Incorporated will move four planes to an industrial park on Spokane's West Plains.

The planes will work with the U.S. Forest Service to put out wildfires around the country.

During the firefighting off season, the company will do maintenance on their tankers.

The move is expected to create about 65 jobs.

"My vision for our state is to grow high-skilled, great-paid jobs across the state of Washington. So this is a perfect example of what we want to do: build aerospace, build high-tech employment and build it everywhere in the state of Washington," said Governor Jay Inslee.

Aero-Flite is now one of about 100 companies in the aeropsace industry in Spokane County.

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