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US cargo-focussed airports report rapid growth in 2020US airports with a cargo focus last year saw their freight volumes grow rapidly as consumers switched to e-commerce, according to new research by Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.
RELEASE - Port Authority Celebrates #SBDC DayWILMINGTON, OHIO - For over 40 years the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has helped millions of men, women, veteran, and minority entrepreneurs and other small business owners start and grow their businesses. Totaling nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs are in every community providing local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. The Clinton County Port Authority is pleased to welcome James Buckner, a new Business Advisor with the Miami University SBDC (MUSBDC), to the Port Authority team.
RELEASE - Port Authority Launches New Economic Development WebsiteWILMINGTON, OH -- The Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) recently launched a new website, created by Golden Shovel Agency, to further strengthen its online presence and the economic growth of the community. The new site includes county-wide data, information specifically collected for site selectors, and local business resources to serve as a one-stop-shop for companies considering new investment or expansion in Clinton County.
RELEASE - Wilmington Air Park Highest Volume Cargo Airport in Ohio
(Wilmington, Ohio) The Wilmington Air Park was ranked the highest volume airport in Ohio for cargo shipped for 12 consecutive months ended July 2020. That volume also makes it the 33rd busiest airport in the United States based on pounds of freight transiting the airport.
RELEASE-Wilmington Air Park Named Best Airport in Ohio(Wilmington, Ohio) The Wilmington Air Park was recently named the Best Airport in Ohio by Ohio Business Magazine, in its “Best in Ohio Business” Awards. In its announcement, the magazine noted: “In this, our inaugural Best in Ohio Business Awards, we wanted to honor the many businesses and services that make Ohio such a great place to do business.”
RELEASE - County Emergency Loan Fund Initiated(Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority has launched an Emergency Loan Fund (ELF), to provide short- to mid-term loans to local businesses impacted by the pandemic. “Locally, our small businesses have worked diligently to react to the new business climate,” said Dan Evers, Clinton County Port Authority Executive Director. “This opportunity is designed to target small businesses in need of immediate funds to sustain and/or fund costs associated with re-opening or remaining open.”
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.”
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. At that time it was home to four businesses and nearly 750 employees.
Today, the Wilmington Air Park has nearly all leasable space occupied, has 15 companies operating at the airport and is home to approximatly 3,500 employees. The diversified tenant base includes airlines, manufacturing, logistics, cargo operations high-tech/emerging processes and entry level opportunities. A 250-acre development site is available ajacent to the airport.
Long an economic development driver for the region, the Wilmington Air Park continues to attract the attention of businesses and job seekers, alike.