World War II-era Tullahoma, Tennessee, airport hangar being refurbished for new businesses

Photo contributed by Tullahoma Regional Airport / A World War II-era hangar at the Tullahoma Regional Airport in Coffee County, Tenn., is being refurbished to house three new businesses. The hangar is the building with a dark roof on the right end of the airport's collection of structures in December.

A 75-year-old World War II-era hangar at Tullahoma Regional Airport in Coffee County, Tennessee, has been sold to a company that will refurbish it to house three new businesses.

Lynchburg Machine Tool CEO Mike Williamson said the nearly $1 million project will consist of three new companies, including the expansion of Lynchburg Machine Tool's operations from nearby Moore County, according to a statement issued last week by the Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation.

"We want to restore, as closely as possible, the outside of the building to its original look, while adding interior build-outs that will upgrade the capabilities for our new operations," Williamson said.

The Tullahoma Regional Airport, originally built in 1942, has one 5,500-foot-long runway, another 4,200-foot-long runway and a grass runway that's 2,700 feet long. It has undergone improvements in recent years including a new terminal building, 19 new hangars completed in 2008 and four more in 2010.