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C&S Propeller Relocation to Fort Worth, Texas

Buddy Tobin (left) and Jeff Heikke (right) meet with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price after signing the agreement on their new facility.
Buddy Tobin (left) and Jeff Heikke (right) meet with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price after signing the agreement on their new facility.

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.