Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems plans to relocate from its hangar at Tennessee's Nashville International Airport (BNA) to nearby Smyrna Airport (MQY) beginning next month as the MRO provider seeks a location where it can continue to grow. “The BNA facility has served us well,” said Stevens BNA general manager Kenyon Blacker, “but as business has continued to expand, we simply don’t have the floor space to efficiently meet demand. This move will give us more room and offers our customers easy access to our operation.”
MQY is about 12 miles southeast of its BNA hangar but still close to downtown Nashville. At 30,000 sq ft, the facility sizes are about the same at both airports, but MQY offers Stevens the ability to expand in the future. “The Smyrna Airport offers ample room for growth and easy access to the attractions around downtown Nashville, as well as an airport leadership team that encourages and understands business,” said Stevens president Christian Sasfai.
Stevens's hangar at MQY will be part of the Hollingshead Aviation FBO campus. The MRO will begin performing work there on May 4 and be fully moved in by June 30. Since 1989, Stevens’s Nashville operation has been at BNA in a hangar constructed in 1938.