Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, is launching a 45,000 square foot training and service center campus in Chesapeake, Virginia. The defense contractor will move its existing service center from Norfolk, Va. to the Chesapeake campus to add a state-of-the-art training facility and further expand advanced service support for its customers. The move represents a $13 million investment in the community.
“We are thrilled to have Fairbanks Morse Defense as a new member of our business community,” said Chesapeake Mayor Rick West. “The Hampton Roads area has a long and storied history in the defense industry and having Fairbanks Morse Defense bring its new state-of-the-art facility to the city of Chesapeake underscores the city’s commitment to our military and its partners. We look forward to working with Fairbanks Morse Defense as it continues to grow in Chesapeake.
FMD’s new Training and Service Center campus, located at 733 Curtis Saunders Court, is near Norfolk, Virginia, the largest concentration of the US Navy and Military Sealift Command fleet in the United States. The US Coast Guard also has a strong presence in the region.
TRAINING AT THE FOREFRONT OF GOOD MAINTENANCE
“Training is at the forefront of good maintenance practices, and the Fairbanks Morse Defense Training Center integrates our state-of-the-art mixed reality training technology to provide the most comprehensive and interactive marine equipment training solution available,” said Jamie McMullin, President of FMD Services. “This location will strengthen FMD’s position as the preferred provider of service and training solutions for our key customers while enhancing our rigorous factory-certified training programs for our extensive network of field service technicians.
FMD’s Chesapeake Training and Service Center will include the following:
- 13,000 square feet of training center shop space, including four fully equipped workstations with four different FMD engines for students to disassemble and reassemble, plus dedicated training available on all FMD products.
- 20,000 square feet of service center space, providing local, responsive full-service capabilities that include equipment overhauls and repairs as well as unit exchange solutions for rapid turnaround.
- 6,000 square feet for training center offices, classrooms, break rooms and conference space.
- 6,000 square feet for service center offices, a technical library, a service center classroom and break rooms.
The site also provides room for growth, allowing FMD and its extended family of brands to utilize additional space as the company integrates new turnkey products, service solutions and training programs into offers from the training and service center.
When completed in 2023, the site will create approximately 50 new jobs.