May 29, 2013
Dassault Falcon Jet today announced a $60 million expansion of its completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Already the largest facility in the Dassault company with 1 million sq. ft. under roof, the expansion will add another 250,000 sq. ft. under roof including hangars, which will be largely dedicated to a new Falcon model, “code name” SMS.
Dassault acquired the original facility in 38 years ago when, CEO John Rosanvallon recalled, “We bought Little Rock Airmotive in 1975, a 35,000-sq.-ft. facility from Fred Smith then a young CEO of a small startup call Federal Express.”
Founded in 1722 by a French explorer who named the place “La Petite Roche” after a rock outcropping on the Arkansas River, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola said “merci beaucoup” to Dassault for its decision to expand in Little Rock. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) said “the French were here long before Arkansas became a state. We’re so happy they decided to stay.”
Construction should be completed in 2016.