9-Feb-2012 Source: Able Aerospace
Officials from Able Aerospace Services and the City of Mesa, Ariz., held a groundbreaking ceremony today to kick off construction of Ableâ€™s expansive new on-airport company headquarters. The multi-state celebration is continuing during Heli-Expo 2012 next week in Dallas, Texas, as Able President and CEO Lee Benson and Mesa City Councilwoman Dina Higgins share highlights of the groundbreaking during a special after-hours event for customers and invited guests on Monday, Feb. 13.
â€œThis is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our companyâ€™s growth,â€ Benson told visitors and news media at the groundbreaking. â€œThe aerospace industry needs good news stories, and our story is about as good as they come.â€
Able (Hall B, Exhibit 2106) specializes in providing cost-effective component repair and overhauls, backed by a large spares inventory and approved PMA replacement parts. Despite recessionary pressures in the aerospace market, Able has delivered nine consecutive years of 20 percent compound growth and is projecting a 27 percent increase for 2012.
Later this year, Able will move its 320-plus employees and equipment from cramped quarters in Phoenix into a 191,000-square-foot facility on a 13-acre industrial site at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The on-airport location and purpose-built hangar are designed for customer convenience, Benson said. â€œWeâ€™re already the most cost-effective MRO and parts provider for our customers; this new fly-in facility positions us as the most convenient, too.â€
Able will become the airportâ€™s largest tenant, joining an existing lineup that includes The Boeing Company, Cessna Aircraft Company, Embraer, and Hawker Beechcraft.
â€œAble Engineering is a perfect fit for the Gateway area and represents the aerospace pillar in Mesaâ€™s HEAT (healthcare, education, aerospace, tourism/technology) Initiative for economic development,â€ Mayor Scott Smith said.Â â€œThey will bring hundreds of high-tech jobs into an area that is becoming well known for aerospace research, design and defense.â€
Although Able was heavily recruited by Alabama, North Carolina and Texas, the company chose Mesa for easy access to a well educated, skilled workforce, and favorable agreements with the City and the airport, including opportunities for savings through Gatewayâ€™s Foreign Trade and Military Reuse zone.
About Able Aerospace Services
Able Aerospace Services is the largest helicopter dynamic component repair facility in the world.Â We provide Value-Driven MRO solutions for a number of helicopter fleets engaged in Petroleum, Law Enforcement, EMS, Tour, Transport, ENG and other mission profiles.Â Value-Driven MRO Solutions are Able proprietary, FAA-approved repairs and PMA for parts that would otherwise have to be scrapped and replaced with new, often saving as much as 70 percent of the cost of a new part.Â Ableâ€™s mission is to reduce aircraft operating costs by providing resourceful component repair, overhaul and approved replacement parts solutions.
Photo Caption: Officials from Able Aerospace Services and the City of Mesa, Arizona, are among those participating in a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of a spacious new Able facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.