Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DC-10 aircraft company announces move to Casper/Natrona County International Airport (KCPR), Wyoming

The company behind a DC-10 tanker aircraft that helped battle Casper Mountain's Sheep Herder Hill Fire in September will relocate its company headquarters to Casper, airport officials announced Tuesday.

The Casper/Natrona County International Airport will become home base for the currently California-based 10 Tanker Air Carrier LLC and its two DC-10 aircraft, airport manager Glenn Januska said.

One of the company's massive tankers made round trips from the Casper airport during September's Sheep Herder Hill Fire, lugging nearly 12,000 gallons of fire retardant to the blazes and returning to refuel in as few as 18 minutes.

"Last year, we were able to utilize them and accommodate them here," Januska said. Having headquarters in the Rocky Mountain region is a smart move for a company that dispatches its firefighting resources frequently in the arid West, he said.

In a press release, 10 Tanker Air Carrier President and CEO Rick Hatton called the Casper/Natrona County International Airport an "ideal location" to improve the company's response times in the mountain west.

The move means new revenue potential for the airport in the form of water and fuel sales to the company, Januska said. But more important, he said, is bringing firefighting resources to where they will be needed in the future and a new business to the Casper community.

"It's a nice feeling to be doing something you know is going to bring the resources that would be necessary in the event you would need them in central Wyoming," Januska said.

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