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The existing terminal at Clinton's Municipal Airport, built in 1948, will soon be replaced. The airport is also getting a hangar.

The airport currently serves big businesses from across the U.S. Airport manager Michael Nass says they come in from as far as New York with Archer Daniels Midland, Nestle Purina, Union Pacific and Clysar and smaller businesses as well.
      
They use the airport two to four times per week. Nass says some business jets have been going to the international airport in Moline because there hasn't been enough space but that the new facilities will attract more businesses to Clinton and the region, gaining up to two more per week.
     
The airport is also just across the highway from the industrial rail and air park, also under construction. He says the proximity will lead to economic development.

"A lot of times, potential businesses, wanting to locate an industrial park, this is the first impression they get is flying into the airport, and since we're so close to the industrial park, it's the ideal spot to fly in here," Nass said. "We're building a conference room that's big enough we could actually hold some of those meetings here, at the airport, versus having to drive into town. With that rail park being there, I mean there are some prime real estates with access to the main line of the Union Pacific that we could potentially get, employ, that would generate 500 or 1,000 jobs, which would be a great impact for the local economy."

Bass says it costs less to construct both the terminal and hangar at the same time. The $1.9 million project was partially funded with a grant from the Department of Transportation.
     
It started in September and like a lot of projects in our area was delayed due to the harsh winter. They were supposed to finish on March 3rd. Now, they say the buildings will be done within 45 to 60 days.

 

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