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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Receives Duke Energy Grant

    The Clinton County Port Authority was invited to apply for a Duke Energy Local Community Impact Grant earlier in the year, and recently received notification that it was successful in obtaining the $2,500 grant.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Receives Duke Energy Grant

    The Clinton County Port Authority was invited to apply for a Duke Energy Local Community Impact Grant earlier in the year, and recently received notification that it was successful in obtaining the $2,500 grant.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Recognized as 2020 Best Workplace in Ohio

    (Wilmington, Ohio) Annually, Ohio Business Magazine sends out the call to organizations throughout the state of Ohio, looking for the Best Workplaces. In its fifth year of recognizing for-profit, nonprofit and government institutions, the publication selected the Clinton County Port Authority to be among the 22 entities, with fewer than 50 employees as a “Best Workplace in Ohio.”

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Partners with SBDC

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority is partnering with Ohio’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program to bring advisor Sangmi Kim to Clinton County weekly through the end of the year.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Authorizes Repairs Equipment Purchases

    “We are still meeting virtually, using the Zoom platform,” said Executive Director Dan Evers. “We are working to balance the safety and gathering in larger numbers and this is still the best option for us.” At the meeting, the Board reviewed four pieces of legislation.

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  • PORT AUTHORITY, AIRBORNE, LGSTX EXPANDING RELATIONSHIPS

    (WILMINGTON, OHIO) Around the country, aircraft are being temporarily parked as demand for passenger air travel decreases. The Wilmington Air Park, as a facility that can accommodate large aircraft arrivals and departures, is able to offer temporary space for parking of those aircraft.

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  • ILN 2020-2 Taxiway A Pavement Reparis

    Legal Notice to Bidders

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  • ILN 2020-3 Taxiway C Pavement Repairs

    Legal Notice to Bidders

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  • ILN 2020-1 Airfield Sign Replacement

    Legal Notice to Bidders

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  • Wilmington Air Park Certified Part 139 by FAA

    WILMINGTON, OH – MAY 12, 2017 – The Wilmington Air Park has once again earned its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Certification, recognizing that the airport facilities, staffing, operations and infrastructure are on par with other large airports around the country.

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  • The University of Akron and Airborne Project on Pathway to FAA Certification

    The Wilmington Air Park is proud to be the home of a partnership to add value and safety to the aviation industry through applied technology. Air Park tenant Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, along with the University of Akron, welcomed several guests for the ribbon cutting on its new Supersonic Particle Deposition Booth. The process employs a supersonic jet of an expanded gas containing metal particles to bond with a solid surface on impact. It is part of a pilot program funded by the State of Ohio and including partners NCERCAMP (University of Akron), SAFE Engineering, US Technology Corporation and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services.

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  • Port Authority Distributes Small Business Safety Toolkits

    (Wilmington, Ohio) Partnering with JobsOhio and the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), the Clinton County Port Authority received 125 Small Business Safety Toolkits to distribute throughout the community.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Recognized as 2020 Best Workplace in Ohio

    (Wilmington, Ohio) Annually, Ohio Business Magazine sends out the call to organizations throughout the state of Ohio, looking for the Best Workplaces. In its fifth year of recognizing for-profit, nonprofit and government institutions, the publication selected the Clinton County Port Authority to be among the 22 entities, with fewer than 50 employees as a “Best Workplace in Ohio.”

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Over 80 years of History at Wilmington Air Park- Air Cargo & UAV Testing
 
The Wilmington Air Park is rich in history. In 1929, a group of local aeroplane enthusiasts initiated flying activities on a field in Clinton County, Ohio. A year later the first hangar was built. Throughout the 30’s and 40’s the airport would take on many roles. American Airlines used the airport for flights to Columbus and Cincinnati. Throughout World War II, The Army Air Corps would take control of the field, naming it Clinton County Air Field, and conduct research, training and development.  During the Korean War the base was used as an Air Reserve Center. 
 
In 1960 the base was transferred to the Strategic Air Command which was responsible for maintaining a peacetime force strong enough to discourage enemy aggression.  In 1972, the base was decommissioned by the Air Force and the Wilmington economic development community established the Community Improvement Corporation which took over the base, renaming it the Wilmington Industrial Air Park.
 
The Park took off in the 70’s with new tenants moving into the Wilmington Industrial Air Park. Early tenants included National Airways, Kurz-Kasch and Midwest Air Charter. The establishment of educational organizations, including Southern State College and the Laurel Oaks branch of the Great Oaks Vocational School, provided a trained workforce for employers.
 
In 1980, Airborne Freight Corporation acquired Midwest Air Charter and established Airborne Express.  Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Airborne Express would become a dominate player in the air cargo market. The airport would become the only privately owned and operated airport with a CAT II Landing System. Packing and sorting facilities, aircraft maintenance hangars, fire stations, fuel facilities as well as expanded runways and roads would be added to the Air Park to accommodate growth. With various purchases of land from both governmental and private entities the park would increase in size to 2,000 acres.
 
In 2003, German cargo giant DHL purchased the sales and ground network of Airborne Express.  As a result, the aircraft portion of Airborne Express would become ABX Air and enter into contracts with DHL to continue providing air services. 
 
In May 2008, DHL announced that to stem significant losses in the US Market, it would initiate a new business strategy.  Throughout the next year, DHL exited the domestic package delivery market in the US and moved its international business to the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.  Over 8.000 local jobs were lost as a result of DHL's decision to exit the express package delivery business in the US. 
 
In 2010, DHL donated the Air Park to the Clinton County Port Authority for economic redevelopment in the region.  The donation represents one of the largest public donations of private land in the State of Ohio’s history.
 
The park is renamed Wilmington Air Park in 2012 and the Clinton County Port Authority begins marketing the property to targeted industries. Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) continues to operate its ABX Air and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services business. Other tenants include Cargill and Global Flight Source to name a few.