Construction will soon begin on a 100-foot by 90-foot hangar at the Moore County Airport that will boost the county’s and the city of Dumas’ bargaining power when recruiting industry and businesses to the area, county officials said.

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Amarillo-based Tri-State General Contractors Group Inc. received the bid over two other companies, one of them Willis & Sons Inc. of Dumas. The complete cost of the hangar is $2,062,782, with TxDOT Aviation paying $1,520,827.75 of the cost. The Moore County Commissioners Court approved spending $650,000 on the hangar in October, but $100,000 of that money will be refunded to the county, which will be used to cover the hangar’s utility installation costs.

Airport Manager Brandon Cox said he currently doesn’t have a hangar that can accommodate a “decent-sized jet or a King Air,” and the hangar also will serve as a marketing tool.

“We will own the hangar and lease it out,” Cox said. “Having the hangar will not only let us serve larger planes, but it puts us in a position to talk to those businesses who want to expand here and who need a larger space than what we’ve had available.”

Cox expects the construction to take eight to nine months.