Firefighting company moves headquarters to NM

October 26, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A company that supplies large air tankers and flight crews to fight wildfires throughout the West has moved its corporate headquarters to Albuquerque.

The company 10 Tanker Air Carrier moved this month into a 7,600-square-foot facility at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

President and CEO Rick Hatton tells the Albuquerque Journal ( the company moved from California to New Mexico to be closer to fire danger zones throughout the West and Southwest.

Hatton says the high desert climate also makes Albuquerque a good place to work on aircraft during the offseason, and the tax and business environment are favorable.

The company has two air tankers and is building a third that will likely be brought into service next year.

About half of the company’s 20 employees will be located in Albuquerque.

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