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January 10. 2014 12:28AM

Londonderry aircraft repair firm wins contract with Air Wisconsin

LONDONDERRY — Thanks to a new contract with Air Wisconsin, a longtime local aircraft repair firm will soon be filling some new positions at its Londonderry repair headquarters.

This week, AeroRepair Corp, located at 14 Tinker Ave., announced its award of a five-year contract to provide wheel and tire support for the Appleton, Wisc.-based airline’s major hubs and maintenance bases: located in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C., Milwaukee, Norfolk, Va., Columbia, S.C., and Hot Springs, Ark.

“The selection process for the new Air Wisconsin CRJ-200 wheel support contract was extremely competitive, and we’re happy to announce our selection,” said Janet Huculak, vice president of Strategic Sourcing for Air Wisconsin, in a prepared statement.

Under the new contract, services will to be performed and managed at the company’s Londonderry repair station as well as inside a new satellite facility, its location yet to be announced.

The company, which specializes in the repair and overhaul of aircraft brakes, wheels, landing gear and mechanical actuators for commercial, regional airliners, general aviation and corporate aircraft, already holds a contract with Air Wisconsin for brake repairs and overhaul.

AeroRepair chief operating officer Daniel Bell said the most recent contract “is a natural expansion of our strong relationship with Air Wisconsin and our shared values of service and excellence.”

“This award is a great credit to the men and women of AeroRepair, their performance and our reputation,” Bell added.

Fred Allen, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, said AeroRepair has had a presence in the region since 1994, though its beginnings were certainly humble.

Company founders Al Sproul and Dave Webber started out in a local basement, where the two men initially concentrated on maintaining lesser aircrafts in transition and parts trading.

Within a year they’d shifted their focus on more mainstream aircraft component repairs.

In 2012 the Weinberg & Bell Group of Cleveland, Ohio, acquired the company.

These days, AeroRepair has about 26 employees working in Londonderry, though Allen said the plan is to hire 11 more workers in the coming months to accommodate the contract’s additional workload.

“The bulk of the (Air Wisconsin) business runs up the Eastern Seaboard,” Allen said. “We, in turn, have the logistics to support all those wheels and tires, which we pick up and deliver up to various locations.”

Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith said he was pleased to learn about the latest chapter in the local company’s success story.

“It’s exciting to see another Londonderry-based business expanding operations and adding jobs as a result,” Smith said on Wednesday. “The land around the airport and the variety of industries located on it continues to be one of our town’s greatest assets.”

AGuilmet@newstote.com



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