For over 54 years Dean Baldwin Painting LP. has been setting a high standard for aircraft painting and customer service by continually providing consistently the highest aircraft refinishing service in the aviation industry. With a reputation for value and integrity, the company has built lasting customer relationships throughout the aviation industry. With over 350 employees, they service approximately 350 aircraft each year at its’ three locations; Roswell, NM; Peru, IN and Goodyear, AZ. utilizing 11 bays capable of housing up to B747 size aircraft.
Dean Baldwin Painting was founded in 1965 and for its first thirty-five years was the primary provider of painting services to most of the major MROs located at the Miami International Airport. In 2019, Dean Baldwin Painting Limited Partnership, together with the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, announced plans to build a new state of the art aircraft strip and paint facility at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon Bibb County, Ga.
The additional new facility is the result of Dean Baldwin Paintings’ focus to better serve their customers and the industry by offering aircraft painting services in the Southeast. “This represents a $20 million-dollar private investment and up to 115 new jobs” says Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Chairman Robby Fountain. “This also signifies the growing presence in Macon-Bibb County in the aerospace industry.”
The first aircraft arrived June 17, 2021 at the new Dean Baldwin Painting LP facility located at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, GA. marking the official start of operations. The aircraft, a B767-300 freighter aircraft owned by Cargo Aircraft Management, a subsidiary of ATSG (Air Transport Services Group), will be completely stripped and painted to a new colorful livery over a 12-to-14-day period.
The facility has four hangars designed for aircraft painting, a material warehouse, administration building, air filtration systems and a water treatment processing plant. Three hangars will accommodate aircraft as large as the A321 or C130J size aircraft. The fourth hangar will accommodate a B767 or C17 aircraft. Having four separated hangars, the facility will process four aircraft simultaneously.
Barbara Baldwin-McNulty, CEO and CFO of Dean Baldwin Painting, was in Macon to greet the arriving aircraft.
“We are excited to see Dean Baldwin Painting welcome their first of many airplanes into their brand-new facility at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport,” said Stephen Adams, Executive Director of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. “Barbara and her team are a pleasure to work with and we are pleased to officially welcome them ‘home’ to Macon-Bibb County.” During a period when many companies were pulling back in response to a shuttered economy brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Barbara Baldwin-McNulty was planning her next expansion— a move that would create a company footprint in the Southeastern U.S.
The construction groundbreaking took place in March 2020 just as the airlines and much of the economy began shutting down for the pandemic. By the end of March Dean Baldwin Painting’s sales backlog for 2020 had nearly evaporated and its hangars that were full of customer aircraft suddenly became empty.
“2020 was a very bad year for us, no question”, said Barbara Baldwin-McNulty. “I am an optimist, and I knew the economy would eventually turn around and we were going to be ready when it did,” Barbara continued.
Previous expansions began with existing hangars that required enlarging and converting to an aircraft painting facility. This time it was different. This location was a greenfield new build from the ground up adjacent to the aircraft taxiway at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.
Yesterday’s aircraft is the first of a backlog that is quickly filling.