Iron Maiden singer looks to create 1,000 jobs with new firm
Tue, 2 May 2012
Bruce Dickinson (left), pilot, entrepreneur and lead singer of heavy metal group Iron Maiden, has founded Cardiff Aviation, an aircraft maintenance business, which he hopes will create at least 1,000 jobs within 18 months.
The firm will be based in a hanger leased from the Welsh government in St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Dickinson says: "We’re coming into this enterprise with the knowledge that we’ll also be bringing business to South Wales – a cautious projection is that we’d expect to create up to a thousand jobs within 18 months based on the level of interest and commitment from aircraft manufacturers and operators.
“South Wales has long had an association with the aircraft industry and I am delighted that I am able to have a small part in the continuation of that tradition.”
Welsh business minister Edwina Hart adds: "I am particularly pleased to hear the company is keen to take on skilled mechanics previously employed by the [MoD-owned] Defence Support Group, create hundreds of highly skilled engineering jobs and also plans to establish an on-going apprenticeship programme as the business grows.”