October 1, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Tailwind Technologies, the parent company of Hartzell Propeller, has purchased one of the three units that make up Kelly Aerospace, Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems.
Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems manufactures new and refurbished starters, alternators, primary electrical systems and controls, turbochargers and turbocharger controls, oil filters, voltage regulators, magnetos, and other electrical components for general aviation aircraft. It also manufactures new and rebuilt combustion heaters and heater controls for various piston- and turbine-powered aircraft, including helicopters. The company is located in Montgomery, Ala. The company will remain there.
The new company will be named Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC and will be led by Mike Disbrow who also currently serves as senior vice president of sales, marketing, and customer support at Hartzell Propeller in Piqua, Ohio.
The acquisition of the Energy Systems assets of Kelly Aerospace continues Tailwind’s aggressive growth strategy through the formation of a new business with a broad suite of engine and aircraft accessories.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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