Cargo airline moves headquarters to Orlando

A cargo airline has relocated its headquarters and airline offices to Orlando, creating 105 jobs, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced.

National Air Cargo and its subsidiary, National Airlines, will occupy more than 25,000 square feet near Orlando International Airport.

“Florida provides an aviation-rich environment for our growing airlines and a wonderful home base for our employees,” Glen Joerger, president of National Airlines, said. “Our former home at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., served us well when we flew DC-8s, however, once we retired those aircraft and started flying the larger Boeing aircraft all over the world, we no longer needed our business offices to be located in close proximity to a runway.”

In addition to creating jobs, the two-year project to set up headquarters in Orlando will bring US$875,000 in capital investment to the community.

Florida is the 4th largest state based on GDP in the U.S. and the 21st largest economy in the world. The state has a low corporate tax and no personal income tax.

“In addition to our employees working in Orlando and calling Florida home, we will have many more employees coming to the state on a regular basis as part of their jobs,” Jeff Miller, vice president of operations for National Airlines, said.

The city of Orlando has approved a cash grant of US$126,000 to support National Air Cargo’s project. Workforce Central Florida, the region’s workforce board, will provide employee screening valued at US$52,500 and a grant for training employees. National Air Cargo has also been approved for performance-based tax refunds.

“We are delighted to welcome National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc. to Orlando,” said Rick Weddle, president and CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. “They fit in naturally with the already strong aviation industry cluster, as well as our corporate headquarters presence in the Orlando region.”

Joerger of National Airlines said the global cargo logistics provider looked at other cities before choosing Orlando for its headquarters.

“When looking at cities for its relocation, National Air Cargo Holdings elevated Orlando to the top of its list in part because of our community’s strong military presence, well-established aviation industry and high quality of life,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. “In today’s economy, it’s not often that a large company like this would relocate its headquarter operations, so Orlando is honored to welcome National Air Cargo and its employees to our community.”

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