Blue Marlin

  • Continental® has a century-long history of innovation and is making moves towards the future by building a green-field manufacturing plant in Mobile, AL.

    We are constantly working towards our mission to improve and modernize our products and the way we do business. Blue Marlin, our code name for this project, demonstrates our resolve to continue to lead general aviation with better technology, higher quality, and reliability than any other engine manufacturer.

    We are heavily investing into the future of general aviation, and our $75 million investment guarantees that our products will continue to break these barriers for the next 100 years. The quality of our engines, products, and customer service will continue to improve with the construction of Blue Marlin.

    With the implementation of state-of-the-art machinery and the newest aviation technologies that are available now and in the future, we will continue to advance the standards of innovation in the aviation industry. Continental® believes that this investment, not only in a building and machinery, but also in our team members, will ensure that you will be able to rely on us for the next 100 years.

    The Continental Aerospace Technologies Blue Marlin manufacturing facility is one of the facets of the future of general aviation, and we will remain the name you are always able to trust and depend on.

    This is our #HeritageWithAFuture.

    • Why does Continental Motors refer to the new facility project as ‘Blue Marlin’?
      Blue marlins are powerful, fast, and dynamic sport fish: they embody the strength and versatility that CMG aims to maintain and improve upon with our new manufacturing facility. With the implementation of new state-of-the-art machinery and cutting-edge equipment, CMG will continue to innovate and refine our quality, service, and aviation technology to better serve you. Continental Motors has been a leader in the general aviation industry since 1905, and our investment in Blue Marlin shows that we are willing to build a strong foundation to last another 100 years. That’s why we have chosen Blue Marlin as the name of our new facility.
    • Why build the new factory in Mobile, Alabama, USA?
      Since we established our headquarters and main manufacturing plant in Mobile in 1966, we are committed to the local community and to our team members. Other locations were considered, but the Brookley Aeroplex Park remained the best site for us because of our team members attachment to the Mobile Bay area and the support we have received from the community over the past 52 years.
    • Why is Continental Motors investing in this new facility?
      We have invested $75 million into Blue Marlin because we believe in the future. As one of the only companies investing in the future of general aviation, we know that we will be here for at least the next 100 years. Our investment will benefit our customers by increasing our value proposition and create technological advances in general aviation. Blue Marlin will not only streamline production, but will also reduce turnaround time. This enhanced process will give us more time to work on innovation and develop new technology.
    • How will this facility help your customers?
      Blue Marlin is the future of Continental Motors and general aviation. Not only are we pushing forward for innovation, we are consistently creating new processes and adapting to current trends in an ever-changing market. By continually improving our engines, parts, and services, we are helping our customers have safer flights. The reliability and quality of our products is crucial to our success, so we adhere to the strictest standards placed by the FAA ensure that your engine runs the way it is supposed to. Combined with our tradition of technical innovation, the new factory will also contribute to our ability to deliver technologically advanced power systems at a very competitive price. It is our goal to improve our engines to create better flight experiences, and Blue Marlin is the way to reach that goal.
    • With the new facility, will there be an upgrade of your support and services capabilities?
      Continental Motors Group manufactures products that are used all over the planet. Therefore, our customers need support and technical information regardless of the time of the day and the regions they are based in. We are building a program that will allow customers to receive assistance or information through applications, mail or phone, regardless of the time of the day or location of our clients. Continental Motors has always stood behind its products, and this shows that we not only care about delivering products, but we aim to enhance customer experience and continue to lead the industry for customer support and assistance.
    • Will this project slow or disrupt current processes at Continental Motors?
      Not at all! Our processes will continue normally with the speed, quality, and expertise you have come to expect from Continental Motors. Once Blue Marlin is complete, we will be moving our processes over to the new facility. You will then see improvements in lead times, product availability, and support as we transition to our new model.
    • Who is leading the Blue Marlin project?
      The Continental Motors team consists of highly skilled aviation professionals, including mechanics, engineers, pilots, and aircraft owners. In addition to our manufacturing teams, we have an exceptional executive leadership team that works diligently to ensure Continental is steadily moving toward the future.
    • Who is partnering with Continental Motors for this project?

      Our main partners involved in the Blue Marlin project are Burton Property Group LLC, Stonemont Financial Group, and Clayco.

      Burton Property Group, LLC is a full service commercial real estate investment, development and management firm headquartered in Mobile, Alabama. A leader in real estate investment and development in the southeast, BPG is focused identifying and execution on real estate opportunities located in the southeast. With established institutional and client relationships, BPG has the capacity to tackle large-scale projects in a broad spectrum of real estate classes. For more information call 251-341-5777 or visit

      Stonemont Financial Group is a private real estate investment firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA, providing its investors attractive risk adjusted returns by investing across a broad spectrum of asset classes and geographies. Stonemont acquires single-tenant, mission critical assets by working with Corporate Users on their real estate financing strategy, specifically providing capital through build-to-suit and sale/leaseback solutions. Since its inception, Stonemont has been committed to developing lasting relationships with its clients by building and preserving wealth through quality real estate investments. Stonemont’s founders and managing principals have a track record of over 20 years and $18 billion invested.

      Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm that delivers clients around the world the highest quality solutions on time, on budget and above and beyond expectations. Founded in 1984, we partner with our clients, consultants, suppliers, subcontractors and communities to deliver building solutions of the highest standard. With over $1.691 billion in revenue for 2016 and more than 1,785 employees across the country, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast-track, efficient solutions globally for commercial, institutional, industrial and residential building projects.

    • What will the new equipment and machinery be like?
      The Blue Marlin facility will have the latest and greatest manufacturing equipment and machinery. Not only will these machines allow us to increase our product reliability, but the precision and manufacturing tolerances permitted by the new equipment will also exceed the quality standards currently used in general aviation. Additionally, the new equipment will allow increased throughput and lower manufacturing lead-time simultaneously. Our new building will be nearly 275,000 square feet (25,000 m2) with the majority being dedicated to advanced engine and parts manufacturing for all Continental Motors Group product lines. It will be populated with brand new manufacturing equipment and include a special area designated for evaluation of new manufacturing techniques and processes, including additive manufacturing and automation.
    • When will Blue Marlin be completed?
      Blue Marlin will be finished and fully operational in 2020. 
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