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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

AAR receiving their FAA approval is a big step toward making them a fully-operational Maintenance and Repair Operation (MRO) facility in Lake Charles.

"There are still other certifications we have to get before we are a complete MRO," said Danny Martinez, AAR VP of Technical Services. "Right now, we're a work away station but in hopefully about a month or two, that process will be complete."

AAR's Lake Charles location will make it the company's sixth MRO in America. As they continue to grow, it's important to activate a growing workforce, officials say. 

AAR's Director of Recruiting, Greg Dellinger, is in town trying to make that happen.

"We look for skilled technicians and mechanics," said Dellinger. "How fortunate are we that many of them are right here at SOWELA."

AAR has hired roughly 200 people already but Dellinger and Martinez say they plan to keep that number growing.

"As we sign on more customers and grow our workload, we'll be growing the workforce, too," Martinez said.

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