A few years ago, C&S Propeller was not doing well. To shake things up, the parent company, Precision Aerospace Products LLC, hired Buddy Tobin to run C&S and moved the company from Covina, Calif., to Texas.
Fort Worth, TX Nov 8, 2016 – With its relocation to Fort Worth, Texas, complete and corresponding FAA repair station certificate issued, C&S Propeller’s large propeller system maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business is operating at peak capacity.
C&S started construction of its new 18,000 square foot facility over the summer. The shop was developed and outfitted with proven, efficient processes and tools. Highly experienced and trained propeller technicians continue to operate the shop with diverse backgrounds that include military and commercial MRO.
Founded in 1968, C&S Propeller is one of the world’s foremost experts in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the 54H60 propeller system used on the Lockheed C-130 Hercules military aircraft and its commercial variant, the L-100. C&S serves military, government and civilian C-130/L-100 operators around the globe.
Providing a single-source point of propeller system MRO, the scope of services offered include comprehensive aspects of the entire propeller propulsion system. These systems include prop blades, hubs, valve housings, pump housings and spinners.
With over 1,400 aircraft in military and civilian operation, the Lockheed C-130/L-100 is one of aviation’s largest and most widely used transport aircraft fleet.
Buddy Tobin, C&S’s Vice President & General Manager, is getting plenty of positive feedback from customers on the new facility and its location. “Our value proposition to the market has always been to deliver quicker turn times, extremely competitive pricing along with accessible and responsive personnel. It’s not unusual to get an urgent call on an evening or weekend from somewhere in the world…and we take the call.”
C&S Propeller’s Sales Manager, Morgon Duke, is committed to industry knowledge, relationships and solutions. “If an aircraft isn’t flying, it isn’t producing. Customers always come first here at C&S. Our new shop gives us the responsiveness and flexibility to the global fleet not found anywhere else.”
About C&S Propeller
Founded in 1968, C&S has always remained a small business focused on personalized customer support. C&S stands for Customer Service.
C&S gained entry to the 54H60 propeller market as a sub-contractor for Lockheed Martin, whereby C&S assembled and tested factory new propellers for the P3 Orion manufacturing program in Burbank, California.
C&S Propeller has hired Morgon Duke as Sales Manager. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, C&S Propeller is a global leader for maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Hamilton Sundstrand 54H60 large aircraft propeller system.
Prior to joining C&S, Morgon Duke’s professional career was as an executive sales manager focused on domestic and international business development and expansion. Notable is his success in developing new business units, start-ups and resurrecting underperforming business units through strategic sales initiatives.
“Morgon provides an expertise that will help our team manage our rapidly growing business expansion,” says VP and General Manager Buddy Tobin. “Along with his strategic skill set, Morgon brings attention to detail in his business efforts along with an uncompromising focus on customer satisfaction.”
Mr. Duke is a Fort Worth, Texas area native.
“Morgon has a professional reputation of exceeding customer expectations. We’re looking forward to the results of his sales leadership,” adds Jeff Heikke, president of Precision Aerospace Products LLC, the parent company of C&S.
Mr. Duke attended the University of Texas at Arlington with a concentration on Business Management.
C&S Propeller is relocating its propeller maintenance, repair and overhaul business to Fort Worth, Texas this month. C&S plans to have its new headquarters and facility operational June 1, 2016.
In business for almost 50 years in southern California, C&S is taking advantage of the ‘business friendly’ environment of Texas and the historically entrenched aviation and aerospace industry within the Dallas-Fort Worth market.
Founded in 1968, C&S Propeller is one of the world’s foremost experts in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the propeller systems used on the Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft. Serving both military and civilian C130 operators around the globe, C&S is recognized as a category leader on the 54H60 propeller system utilizing the highest skilled and experienced technicians in the industry.
With over 1,400 aircraft in military and civilian operation, the Lockheed C130 is one of aviation’s largest and most widely used transport aircraft fleet.
Jeff Heikke, President of Precision Aerospace Products LLC, the parent company of C&S, made the decision to relocate to the Fort Worth market due to the fast growing business expansion C&S is experiencing. Mr. Heikke wanted to grow the C&S operation in a market familiar with aerospace. Jeff Heikke states, “C&S has had a long history in California. We look forward to the aerospace resources the Fort Worth market offers along with a lower cost of living for our employees and greater flexibility in our day to day operations.”
Buddy Tobin is the VP/General Manager of C&S Propeller and a native Texan. Mr. Tobin’s management is leading C&S’s success and growth. Tobin acknowledges, “C&S is a world leader in the maintenance and repair of this very important and complex propulsion system on the C130 ‘Herc’ fleet. And our success is due to employing the best and brightest airframe and power plant technicians. We are looking forward to settling in quickly and getting down to business in our new home.”
The C&S move to Fort Worth culminated in a partnership approach by C&S and the local Chamber of Commerce along with their economic development council.
David Berzina is executive vice president of economic development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. He is thrilled to see C&S becoming Fort Worth’s latest member of this iconic industry. “Fort Worth’s aviation history dates back to 1911, and we are now home to hundreds of major aviation companies and related vendors who supply everything necessary to get the aircraft off the ground,” he said. “C&S Propeller will greatly benefit from close proximity to these companies, as well as from having access to a highly skilled workforce that is partially composed of former military personnel with expertise in engineering and avionics. The company’s presence in this strong aviation community will also support its future growth initiatives.”
Betsy Price, Fort Worth’s Mayor, is also very pleased to see her city’s portfolio of aerospace based companies growing with the inclusion of C&S. “C&S Propeller is a welcome addition to Fort Worth’s prestigious roster of aviation and aerospace companies,” said Mayor Price. “Our pro-business environment, strong economy, low cost of living, and highly skilled workforce continues to attract companies from California who want to maximize operational efficiencies and reduce costs, without compromising on the high quality of life desired by their employees.”
As of this release, C&S has signed a long term lease agreement on its new facility in the Southern area of Fort Worth. The new facility will occupy 18,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space.
C&S Propeller is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Kirk to the position of Production Supervisor. With over 14 years on-the-wing and intermediate level maintenance experience on 54H60 propellers, Mr. Kirk will play a key role in C&S Propeller’s success as the company moves to it’s new Texas facility.
Mr. Kirk served on active duty as a jet engine mechanic in the U.S. Navy for 11 years before transitioning to the reserves where he worked primarily on the P-3 Orion aircraft as a Quality Assurance Inspector. During active duty he served as the Production Supervisor of the valve housing and pump housing work center before taking over as the T-56 engine module overhaul Production Supervisor.
While completing his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Mr. Kirk will utilize his Lean 6 Sigma Green Belt certification to aide in improving C&S Propeller’s quality and production efficiencies.
C&S Propeller has been based in southern California since 1968, but we’ll be moving to a new state of the art facility in Texas sometime in mid-2016. Stay tuned for a formal location announcement.
Buddy Tobin has been named General Manager of C&S Propeller.
Mr. Tobin brings extensive aerospace experience with nine years in senior management, overseeing Airframe Modification Programs for multiple repair stations. Beginning as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic with advancing levels of responsibility in the aerospace field, he has lead efforts in certifying and running FAA Part 145 Repair Stations and PMA facilities. His technical experience & proven management record provides C&S with dynamic leadership in propelling the company forward to stronger performance on the path of growth.
Buddy Tobin earned a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management, is a certified Project Management Professional, holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate with Inspection Authorization, and is a Commercial Multi Engine Instrument Rated Pilot.