Federal grant helping Southern Illinois Airport add hangars

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Two new aircraft hangers are being planned for Southern Illinois Airport, which officials say will boost businesses at the airport near Carbondale.

Officials say the project is moving forward with a $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to improve the airport’s infrastructure.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports one of the new hangars will provide additional storage capacity. The other will support a new business in need of large hangar space and a current business that rebuilds military fighter jets.

Airport manager Gary Shafer says the additional hangar space is needed because businesses are all currently sharing space.

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