MOBILE, AL—Continental Motors Group Ltd. has broken ground on a nearly 275,000-square-foot engine and parts manufacturing facility at the Brookley Aeroplex here. The factory will include new equipment and an area dedicated to new manufacturing techniques and processes such as additive manufacturing and automation.

Continental Motors Group is a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding LTD, an investment holding company based in Hong Kong. The subsidiary provides gasoline and Jet-A piston engine products, spare parts, engine and aircraft services, avionics equipment and repairs for the aviation industry.

In September of last year, Continental Motors signed a letter of intent with Stonemont Financial Group and Clayco Inc. to build the facility. It is expected to be fully operational in 2019.

“The greenfield facility will modernize our manufacturing processes into a world-class, high-productivity, vertically integrated center of manufacturing excellence among the aviation cluster in Mobile, Alabama,” Michael Skolnik, executive vice president of the company’s global operations, said in a company press release.