|American Legend moves into new manufacturing space at Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Aug. 22, 2006 -- Sulphur Springs-based American Legend Aircraft Company recently completed its move into new manufacturing and delivery facilities at Sulphur Springs Airport.
New construction at the airport began last November and was completed in July. The construction includes two buildings, a 20,000-square-foot hangar and an adjacent 5,000-square-foot hangar.
Legend is using the larger structure for aircraft fabrication and assembly along with research and development for future projects. The company will also continue to use a leased 21,000-square-foot hanger.
The company’s manufacturing and delivery facilities now total more than 45,000 square feet and will allow the company to easily double the six airplanes produced monthly in the smaller facilities, according to Bryan Hurley, vice president of marketing.
"It has been an amazing transition to more than double our manufacturing space," Hurley said. "Our efficiency has increased, our organization has improved greatly, and the end result is that our customers have been very impressed with the level of detail, not only in the operation but in the quality of the aircraft."
With the new facilities, Legend's current base of 50 employees will be expanded as demand and production increase.
American Legend employs state-of-the-art, lean manufacturing processes, quality standards, and continuous improvement (or Kaizen) management practices to produce the light sport aircraft.
American Legend Aircraft Company is a manufacturer of recreational aircraft that meet Light-Sport Aircraft certification requirements. The American Legend Cub is a two-place design derived from the classic Piper Cub. A variety of options are available, including choice of interior, avionics, paint, engine, wheels, floats, lighting, propeller, and more. The Legend Cub is a certified light-sport aircraft that delivers a fun and affordable flying experience for pilots and passengers alike.