Aerospace legacy parts manufacturing and support special Ontic has completed its acquisition of Firstmark Corp., the parent of Twin Commander, Aircraft Belts, and Firstmark Aerospace, among other companies.
Ontic, a BBA Aviation company and aerospace industry’s leading provider of ‘Extended Life Solutions’ for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) legacy products, has completed the acquisition of Twin Commander Aircraft LLC parent company Firstmark Corp which includes Twin Commander, Aircraft Belts Inc, Centroid, Firstmark Aerospace and Firstmark Controls.
Brian Harbaugh has been named Acting Business Unit Director of Twin Commander Aircraft and its sister company Aircraft Belts Inc.
Harbaugh brings decades of manufacturing and production experience to his new role, including the last 10 years with Twin Commander as a senior manager. He was key to acquiring Twin Commander Aircraft’s sister company, Aircraft Belts, Inc., in 2006, and in relocating Twin Commander from Arlington, Washington, to the current headquarters in Creedmoor, North Carolina. Harbaugh’s role with Twin Commander has centered on parts buying and sales, engineering, and service center support for Twin Commander.
Harbaugh said, “I’m very excited to continue Twin Commander’s strong record of owner and operator support. Ontic is a great fit for Twin Commander. As a company dedicated to legacy product support, the expertise and resources Ontic brings will help propel Twin Commander long into the future.”
Gareth Hall, President and Managing Director of Ontic, said “The acquisition confirms Ontic’s commitment to support our customers by adding manufacturing and MRO Service capabilities on the U.S. East Coast. Firstmark is an ideal fit for Ontic with their high-quality portfolio of products supporting civil and military aircraft.”
Harbaugh’s vision for Twin Commander includes strong customer support through the worldwide network of factory authorized service centers, regular engineering upgrades, and a focus on providing opportunities for Twin Commander owners and operators to come together and network, share Commander experiences, and learn more about their wonderful aircraft.
Over the next few months Brian will be visiting with the Twin Commander community to listen and share ideas for making the Twin Commander family even stronger.