Showing its growing economic prowess in the global market, Chandler-based AvAir ranks second on the state’s recipient list from the U.S. Export-Import Bank with $47.4 million in funding assistance to foreign clients since 2007.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank primarily makes credit available to foreign companies to buy U.S. goods. This credit assistance to foreign clients has fueled AvAir’s expansive growth abroad for its aviation aftermarket business. It has also helped create new jobs at the company to meet skyrocketing demands of its goods and services—which, in addition to the buying and selling of aircraft parts, include the development of industry-leading programs for managing and maintaining entire aircraft fleets.
Overall, 117 Arizona businesses have received aid totaling $489 million since 2007, according to a U.S. Export-Import Bank report released in time for bank chairman Fred Hochberg’s recent visit to Arizona. While AvAir received 9.7% of the funding, a far-distant Bio Huma Netics of Gilbert received 5.8% of the total with $28.5 million.
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AvAir’s new flagship headquarters is not the only way the 14-year old company is rising up.
Through the launch of their new brand, created by the marketing firm KODA, AvAir is also raising its corporate profile through dynamic marketing campaigns appearing for the first time in Airline Economics, the England-based international industry publication.
Over a period of eight days, our new flagship headquarters gained a stunning architectural profile as its concrete wall panels, each weighing 60,000 pounds, rose 40 feet into the air above our new 6-acre campus in Chandler, AZ.
“It is really exciting to see the project go from a two dimensional set of plans to a huge building right in front of you,” says AvAir Director of Operations Tyler Botthof. “To put the size of the building into perspective, it’s twice as high and three times as long as the Wright brothers’ first powered airplane flight, which Orville piloted at an altitude of 20 feet and covered a distance of 120 feet before landing.”
Within a span of a couple weeks, AvAir’s new $15 million flagship headquarters took shape across the equivalent of three football fields as 2,500 cubic yards of concrete were poured to lay the foundation for its new 170,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.
“While we were all familiar with the blueprints of our new design, it wasn’t until we walked the perimeter of the final pour that we truly had an appreciation for just how immense our new facility will be — and we’re pumped!” says AvAir President Mike Bianco.
With international offices in Moscow, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, Brazil, the days when AvAir consisted of two employees working out of a tiny rented office in Chandler seems like a lifetime ago for Mike Bianco, president of the aviation aftermarket company he helped launch in 2000.
AvAIr CEO Robert Ellis (right) hired Mike Bianco right out of high school. Bianco has worked his way up to president of the growing airplane aftermarket parts business. Photo Credit: Nick Oza
Chandler-based AvAir Inc. recently broke ground on a $15 million facility that will allow the company to expand its aviation aftermarket support operations.
The company has posted strong growth in recent years and is outgrowing its current 40,000-square-foot operations space. The new 170,000-square-foot facility is under construction on the company’s 6-acre campus at 6877 W. Frye Road in Chandler. The new building is slated to open in September.
AvAir provides more than 5 million after-market parts and supplies for airliners from manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus. Along with its new 170,000-square-foot facility, AvAir plans to hire additional workers.
For the past 14 years, AvAir has quietly grown into a sleeping giant in the aviation aftermarket. In recognition of this growth, AvAir engaged KODA, a Phoenix-based strategic branding and marketing firm, to develop a new premium brand image that’s commensurate with their global growth.
“AvAir’s past president, now-CEO Bob Ellis, was a firm believer that our company would grow by listening to our customer, offering best-in-industry pricing and delivering what we promise. And that was sage advice,” begins new AvAir President Mike Bianco, “but, coming up through the ranks, I also know having a dynamic brand in the marketplace allows us to engage earlier in meaningful conversations with potential clients.”
After guiding AvAir through steady growth since 2000, founder and CEO Robert Ellis has appointed Mike Bianco as the new President of the aviation aftermarket firm.