Leading Edge Selected to Paint New Boeing 787’s from South Carolina
Leading Edge Aviation Services the largest commerical aircraft painting company in the world has been selected by The Boeing Company to provide the final painting and livery applications for all 787’s being delivered from the company’s new 787 Final Assembly & Delivery facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. The news means some big changes at Leading Edge’s Amarillo, TX facility, which has undertaken custom upgrades to its wide-body hangars to accommodate this very special aircraft from one of its newest customers.
“Its not every day that you get to be a part of something this historic,” said Mike Manclark, CEO of Leading Edge. “Boeing is a global leader in terms of quality and reliability, so this speaks volumes about our ability to outperform our competition, and work with the very best.”
He credits the company’s 20-year history of making thousands of quality aircraft deliveries to making the Boeing dream a reality. “I’m really proud of our staff for putting so much focus on quality and performance,” he added. “Together, we’ve made Leading Edge the painting partner of choice for aircraft of all shapes and sizes. We are proud to join Boeing on this historic contract, and look forward to working with them in the years ahead.” (more…)
Leading Edge Aviation Services, the world’s largest commercial aircraft painting company, announced that it’s CEO, Mike Manclark is a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Award. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Manclark was selected as a semi-finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach.
Manclark started the company over 20 years ago as a small aircraft detailing business at John Wayne Airport. Since then, he’s grown the company into the largest commercial aircraft painting company in the world with over 1300 employees from coast-to-coast that service over 600 aircraft a year. Today, no company paints more aircraft for more airlines than Leading Edge.
“Orange County has always been a hotbed of entrepreneurial spirit, so to be recognized amongst the area’s many successes is a real honor,” said Manclark. “This is a great place to live, work, and do business, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. We thank the judges for their consideration, and look forward to participating in the awards gala this summer.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 140 cities and over 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 12, 2011. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, and is held from November 9-13, 2011.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.
Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited located in the U.S.
We had a great time at this year’s MRO Americas conference in Miami, and we hope you did too. MRO is an important event for Leading Edge, and we’d like to sincerely thank all of you that came by our booth to toast over two decades in business.
For those of you who could not make it, you missed one of the best MRO Americas yet. Set in tropical Miami, the show had a tremendous turn out and virtually every company involved in the support of the commercial and military aviation industries was there ready to share, mix, mingle and of course, to do a little business too.
For us, there’s no better place than MRO Americas to connect with our customers, share ideas, and to continue building relationships that are vital to our success. And of course, it’s also a showpiece for the industry’s latest technology – technology that we continually adopt to enhance our quality, efficiency, and to stay two steps ahead of the competition.
We’re thrilled you could make the time to see us at MRO, and thank you again for your continued business and support. We’re already planning for next year’s event, which, as always, will have the ultimate Leading Edge mix of business with fun! Which reminds us – we invite you to share your favorite photo moments from Miami at LINK HERE, or take a look through the albums to see what you missed.
Thank you again for your interest in Leading Edge at MRO, and we look forward to seeing you again at MRO 2012 in Dallas.