Tailwind Technologies Inc., the parent company of Hartzell Propeller Inc., has purchased the energy system assets from Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems, LLC, of Montgomery, Alabama, creating a new company, Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC.
Price of the transaction was not disclosed. The new company 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. Disbrow has over 20 years experience in the general aviation industry.
The acquisition of the energy systems assets of Kelly Aerospace continues Tailwind’s growth strategy through the formation of a new business with a broad suite of engine and aircraft accessories, according to company officials. Hartzell Engine Technologies’ product line will include turbocharger systems, alternators, starters, Janitrol Heaters, fuel pumps, oil filters, ignition harnesses, magnetos, voltage regulators and MCUs and a range of other electrical components, primarily serving piston-engine general aviation and military aircraft, as well as piston and turbine engine helicopters.
Jeff Kelly, currently president of Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems, has agreed to continue with Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, as Executive Vice President. Kent Kelly, Kelly Aerospace’s founder and chairman, will also continue with Hartzell Engine Technologies in order to ensure a successful transition from Kelly Aerospace, company officials said.
James Brown III, president of Tailwind Technologies, said, “Adding Hartzell Engine Technologies to our group of aircraft supplier companies is an exciting new step for Tailwind in the general aviation market. Acquiring these assets from Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems will allow us to grow our ‘firewall forward’ suite of products.”
Tailwind Technologies Inc. is the parent company of Hartzell Propeller Inc., Mayday Manufacturing Company and Industrial Tube Company, Electrofilm Manufacturing Company and AcousticFab LLC, collectively Hartzell Aerospace. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Piqua, Ohio, the company buys and operates value-added manufacturing businesses in general aviation, aerospace and industrial sectors with a long-term hold strategy.
For more information: HartzellEngineTech.com