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The Roswell Industrial Air Center (RIAC) is located 5 miles south of the City. Originally developed for military aviation, the former Walker Air Force Base was one of the largest installation operated by the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command. Since the base closure in 1967, the City has converted the extensive airfield complex to civil aviation use. The RIAC is home to a fireworks factory, a plastic manufacturer, a builder of buses, a candy manufacturer, aircraft repair and refurbishing companies, and the Roswell Municipal Airport. All classes of general and commercial aviation activity can presently be accommodated at the RIAC, including training and research operations as well as equipment maintenance and testing programs. With 5,000 acres of industrial sites and buildings available for lease with the RIAC, no tenant should lack for space.
During 1996-1997 rehabilitation of Runway 3/21 was completed, to include cracksealing of asphalt shoulders, rubber removal, and striping of Runway at a cost of $496,731.80 which was mostly provided by Federal Funds. Other projects completed included the Coffee Shop Ventilation System at a cost of $37,422.85, half of which came from the State. The signage for the asphalt cost $327,686.24 90% coming from Federal sources.
City funds paid for the repair of the roof on the south half of building No. 112A, costing $40,000.