New ownership for SkyOx

AirCraft Industries Inc., which does business under the name SkyOx, will change ownership Dec. 1.

According to Walt Smiles, chairman and current owner, the business is being acquired by Susan Klemm, the company’s president. Klemm also serves as president of Christianson Industries, a sister company of SkyOx.

The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of portable oxygen systems for general aviation pilots and passengers. In addition it offers a line of windsocks and windsock frames.

Klemm, a native of Elkhart, Indiana, joined the firm in 1990 as office manager. After promotions to outside sales and then vice president of sales, she has been president of both organizations since 2001.

“Susan earned each of these promotions despite a continuing battle with Multiple Sclerosis,” Smiles noted. “When given the opportunity to buy the business, Susan saw this as just another challenge and I have no doubt of her commitment and ability.”

SkyOx offers nine models of portable oxygen systems with capacities ranging from two-cubic feet to 50-cubic feet of oxygen. The larger capacity units are constructed of steel. The smaller units, from two cubic feet to 24 cubic feet, are constructed of aluminum.

All systems are equipped with a two-port or four-port regulator and a top mounted, flow adjustment control. The design features quick-disconnect ports for either cannula or masks, according to company officials.

Klemm reports the company will continue production in the recently expanded facility located in an industrial park in Edwardsburg, Mich., located in southwest Michigan.

“I am truly thankful to Walt for his continued support and counsel during this transition period of the company,” she concluded.

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