Piper to stay in Vero Beach, officials claim

January 8, 2008

Piper to stay in Vero Beach, officials claim

By Alton K. Marsh

Officials in Vero Beach, Fla., are already declaring victory in the competition to keep Piper Aircraft from moving to either Albuquerque, N.M., or Oklahoma City.

All they need is a winning vote from the Indian River County Commission on Jan. 15 on a $12 million incentive package and a positive announcement from Piper officials, who for the moment aren’t saying anything.

County Commission Chairman Gary Wheeler told The Palm Beach Post that the outlook is “...very, very positive.” He said Piper was facing huge moving costs, mostly from relocating, retraining, and retaining its work force. He said things are “ironed out,” implying negotiations have taken place with Piper.

Piper has some 1,100 employees at its current location.

January 8, 2008

Al Marsh

Alton K. Marsh | "AOPA Pilot" Senior Editor, AOPA

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.