Banner Aerospace Inc., a worldwide manufacturer, distributor and seller of commercial aircraft parts, will break ground Tuesday for a 80,000-square-foot distribution center to serve the Intermountain area.

The facility could employ as many as 75 workers. It will hire 50 workers initially."They operate a number of facilities in countries around the world. They formerly had this operation in Southern California. As they expanded business, they decided Salt Lake City is where they wanted to be," said Bob Buchanan, West Valley economic development administrator.

Banner Aerospace, based in Washington, D.C., has developed significant international business. About 37 percent of its fiscal 1994 sales were in foreign countries.

The distribution center will be at 4867 S. 6200 West in WestRidge Commerce Park. The park is a redevelopment area, so West Valley City was able to offer Banner Aerospace a "consideration of its land purchase," Buchanan said.

Banner Aerospace will be next to a 165,000-square-foot Frito-Lay Inc. plant under construction at 6200 W. 4700 South. The Frito-Lay plant, which will produce Doritos tortilla chips as well as Lay's and Ruffle's potato chips, is expected to employ 150 people.

"Things are going very well. We are anxious to get that park filled," Buchanan said.