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Jul 27, 2014 7:19 PM by AP

AAR says air carrier deal means up to 175 jobs

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - AAR Corp. says its Lake Charles aircraft maintenance shop has signed with a major carrier and will begin employing up to 175 mechanics within the next two months.

Technical services vice president Danny Martinez tells the American Press that he cannot release the customer's name but it's a top-tier company.

About 70 AAR mechanics returned last week to Chennault International Airport.

AAR, based in Wood Dale, Illinois, gave aircraft mechanics in Lake Charles the option to work at its facilities in Indiana and Minnesota until it found more work in Lake Charles.

Martinez says Chennault is shaping up to repair wide-body aircraft. He says that's lacking in the company's other six maintenance locations, including Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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Online: www.aarcorp.com

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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