Updated: Jan 3, 2020
Article Writer: Sharon Fisher - November 27, 2019
COEUR D’ALENE – Wooden boat manufacturer StanCraft Co. is constructing a 30,000-square-foot private airplane hangar at the Coeur d’Alene Airport-Pappy Boyington Field – one of a number of developments coming to the North Idaho city’s airport.
But what do airplanes have to do with boats?
“99% of our StanCraft wooden boat clientele fly private,” said Robb Bloem, president and CEO of the Hayden-based company.
And the people with the wherewithal to buy $600,000 to $1 million boats were asking StanCraft to fix up the interiors of their planes like the interiors of their boats, leading to an expansion of the company that could add 20 to 25 jobs, with a goal of 100, he said.
Robb Bloem had an ulterior motive for investing $15 million in the StanCraft Jet Center, technically known as a fixed-base operation (FBO). While the Coeur d’Alene airport had two FBOs, they didn’t show off the city the way he would like.
“When our clients would fly in, we’d hopefully whisk them in to our shop, which is very beautiful,” Bloem said.
So the company decided to build a new FBO to provide a nicer introduction to North Idaho, where Bloem was born and raised.