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.