AAR is a worldwide provider of products and services to commercial airlines and ranks among the top 100 defense contractors in the world. The company employs over 6,000 people and retains 60 locations in 17 countries. Their clients include commercial airlines like Delta, American, United and Southwest; cargo carriers like UPS FedEx and DHL; and the militaries of several countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan.
When space became available at Chennault and with multiple MRO companies interested, AAR faced a short timeframe to establish a new facility in Lake Charles. Eager to tap into the skilled local workforce, AAR executives hired 250 employees from the previous Chennault tenant and secured space in Hangar H for its operations.
Northrop Grumman has built and maintained the Joint STARS military surveillance aircraft for the United States Air Force at Chennault since the turn of the century. During that time, its Chennault site has repeatedly ranked as the most productive plant in the Northrop Grumman family of companies and has also enjoyed the lowest employee turnover rate.
The Chennault International Airport Authority has worked closely with Northrop Grumman throughout its time in Lake Charles to provide the most efficient facilities possible, including modifications to transition the site to a new Joint STARS aircraft platform.
Million Air is Chennault’s fixed base operator (FBO) for charter operations and business and general aviation services. It serves a wide variety of clients, and its facility always busy with charter flights, private aircraft and military pilots visiting to refuel.
Million Air’s amenities include:
- A new FBO building and hangar
- Five-minute access to the area’s casino resorts
- Plush pilot lounge and executive waiting areas
- State-of-the-art theatre
- Quick turns
- Government contract fuel
- Flight planning and weather briefing
- Complimentary soft drinks, coffee, ice, popcorn, ice cream
- Courtesy cars
- Hangar space
- Adjacent 18-hole golf course
- Hertz rental cars on-site
Million Air is located at 4500 Chennault Parkway. The general manager, Joe Torres, can be reached at [email protected] Contact Million Air at (337) 436-4877 or fax (337) 436-5387.
Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction and project management companies, and a cornerstone of innovation in the industry. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects—the modern marvels of the world—that foster sustainable progress and grow economies. Bechtel has the resources and reach to provide our customers confidence in delivery.
Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects—many first-of-a-kind—in 160 countries on all seven continents serving the energy delivery, defense, environmental cleanup, mining & metals, oil, gas & chemicals, infrastructure and transportation,and telecommunications industries. We are a family-led company grounded in hard work, integrity and trust, values integral to all we do.
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and is headquartered in Americus, Georgia. The Calcasieu Area affiliate of HFHI was founded in 1992. Affiliates are local 501(c)(3) organizations of HFHI that direct house-building work in their own communities. There are more than 1,500 U.S. affiliates in all 50 states, with an international presence in 90 countries.
Habitat for Humanity states that it “works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.” At Chennault, the local Habitat chapter plays a key role in addressing the housing issues of people in need.
Louisiana Millwork, which began as a start-up company in Southwest Louisiana in 2000, is a major building materials manufacturer and supplier in the Louisiana and eastern Texas markets. The company has 75 employees. Louisiana Millwork supplies a growing line of products to the independently owned retail lumber and building material companies.
At the time of its start-up, Louisiana Millwork needed a large space, and room to grow, for manufacturing products as well as warehouse storage for distribution. Chennault provided the right space, price and operating costs. The Chennault site also offered the company immediate access to the interstate highway system at I-10 and I-210. These advantages enabled Louisiana Millwork to be immediately competitive and provided a position to grow its business and its workforce. Chennault and the Southwest Louisiana community take pride in helping business succeed with low costs and high quality in one package.