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New Hangar Helps Meet Airport Needs

By Staff | Nov 3, 2015

A Ribbon Cutting for the new hangar at the Emmetsburg Municipal Airport was held Friday, Oct. 30. - Jane Whitmore photo

Ribbon cutting at the new hangar at Emmetsburg Municipal Airport was held Friday, Oct. 30, hosted by Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce. A group of residents gathered at the new hangar for the weekly Chamber Coffee before Gary Koppie, a member of the Airport Commission, officially cut the ribbon.

The 80×100 foot hangar has room for any plane that can land at the Emmetsburg Airport, accessible through the 70×74 foot door. There is space for a plane needing to be indoors during an overnight stay in Emmetsburg or to get a plane indoors during a storm.

The new hangar was completed this summer as part of the capital improvement for the Emmetsburg Airport. The hangar project had been in the works for the past seven years.

Currently, two airplanes are housed in the new hangar. One of the planes was formerly in Algona, and the other was formerly in Spencer. There is room for additional planes, and space enough to house a small jet.

Local contractors were used to build the new hangar. General contractor was ASI, Emmetsburg; concrete work was done by Hansen Home Improvement, Emmetsburg; and electrical was done by Sargent Electric, Emmetsburg. The building itself was manufactured in Sheffield by Sukup.

Total cost of the Airport Hangar Project, including engineering, was $493,266.46

State Grants totaling $213,458 (43.3%) were used to expand the apron as well as the building.

Local funding for the project was $279,808.46

Break down of local funding for the capital Improvement Airport Hangar:

PACGDC?Award Funds 2015 — $150,903.58

Local Option Sales Tax Funds — $75,000

Wild Rose Funds — $26,239

Hotel/Motel Funds — $4,717.50

Capital Airport Reserves $22,948.38

Total:?$279,808.46

With the ability to house large planes, this gives the Emmetsburg Airport room to handle more air traffic. In turn, more traffic generates the ability to seek additional grants.

Future plans call for a runway extension project in 2018. Also in the works are plans to install a jet fuel station at the airport.