Two major expansion projects are expected to create 1,000 new jobs at the Chicago/Rockford International Airport.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the airport on Monday, with Rep. Cheri Bustos and Sen. Dick Durbin in attendance.
One project will expand the cargo facility from 72,000 square feet to roughly 190,000 square feet.
The other expands the airports ramp, where planes park, allowing it to handle more aircraft.
Airport officials say they home to bring on an additional 1,000 employees within the next 12 months.
Mike Dunn, the airports Executive Director, said, “[You have] trucking, you have handlers, you have fuelers… It also adds to our airport staff because runways have to be plowed, grass has to be cut, pavement has to be fixed.”
The airport ramp is expected to be completed in three months. The cargo facility expansion should be done by October 2019.