Rubb USA spans great distances at Rockford

The Greater Rockford Airport Authority selected Rubb from a number of options to design, manufacture and construct their new state-of-the-art, 200,000sq ft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.


Rubb USA will supply two 91.7m (300.7ft) clear span x 91.7m (300.7ft) long insulated membrane clad hangars at Rockford International Airport, just outside of Chicago, Illinois. The hangars will feature 12.1m (39.7ft) high sidewalls and a centre height of 30.6m (100.4ft). The aviation facilities will be used for MRO operations by end user AAR.


Each structure will be fitted with a five panel vertical lift Megadoor, with pivoting mullions that allow the structure to comfortably house aircraft as large as the Airbus A380. The hot dip galvanized steel frame will be clad with 51mm (2in) thick Thermohall®® insulated fabric. This project, the largest structural project in Rubb’s 40+ year history, is due for completion in the first quarter of 2016.


David Nickerson, Rubb Building Systems USA President, commented: “Rubb USA is excited to continue to provide cost effective versatile structures to the airline MRO industry. The Rockford project, along with Rubb USA’s recent Hawaiian Airlines hangar/cargo facility, further demonstrates that Rubb quality and value is unsurpassed in the aviation hangar, cargo and MRO markets.”


Work has been completed on the steel frame of the structure, which is located in the mid-field area of the airport. The Rockford area is a significant hub of aviation manufacturing in the USA.


Ken Ryan, the airport’s business development director, said: “RFD is thrilled with the progress on the AAR facility and looking forward to the expanded services this will bring to the airport. These mammoth hangars are changing the landscape of not only the airport ground, but the region as well.”



Chuck Auger

Marketing Manager