Leading Edge Aviation Services and Associated Painters join forces to form a world class aviation painting company.
Costa Mesa, California – April 15, 2013
Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. (Leading Edge), a leading aircraft painting company, today announced the acquisition of Associated Painters, Inc. (Associated Painters), based in Spokane, Washington.
Leading Edge founder and CEO, Mike Manclark, said, “Leading Edge and Associated Painters, the recognized leaders in this industry, are both Boeing-approved paint companies, servicing new OEM aircraft from B737 to B787, and serve as the primary provider to virtually every major airline. The Leading Edge/Associated Painters combined team form a partnership focused on providing Best in Class performance and quality. Our airline customers can continue to expect corporate quality finishes with the airline efficiency that we have been delivering for over two decades of business.”
Manclark continued, “Our two companies are recognized for maintaining stringent technical requirements, high-quality, and on-time reimaging. Leading Edge and Associated Painters have consistently received the highest accolades from customers across all branches of the aviation industry.”
“The merged company provides us with enhanced hangar capacity, an excellent expanded work force and resources to meet and exceed all of the needs of our very specialized industry. We believe our combined team and facilities are unmatched, and represent the best total quality solution for our customers,” said Manclark.
Associated Painters owner and President, Rod Friese, said, “The decision to merge forces was a make-sense move for both Leading Edge and Associated Painters. Our companies are AS9100 certified and support complementary airline customer bases. For 25 years, we both have grown our niche capabilities and reputations for being high-quality painters. Leading Edge serves both the double and single aisle markets for the airlines, while Associated Painters focuses on the single aisle and regional airline space.”
Friese continued, “As a combined company, we’ve broadened our footprint in the United States. Our locations are a big advantage for our airline customers. Our airline customer base can cycle their fleets faster and more efficiently by landing revenue flights at on-line facilities and swapping planes at the gate, significantly reducing the need and cost to ferry aircraft to off line locations.”
Leading Edge and Associated Painters will continue to operate under their respective names and current leadership. Leading Edge will continue to focus on serving airline customers with narrow and wide-body requirements, while Associated Painters will continue to work with the narrow-body customer base.
About Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc.
Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with operations in eight state-of-the-art facilities nationwide, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. is a leading commercial, military, and VIP aircraft painting company. Founded in 1989, the company’s success is attributed to its strong vision and a continuous commitment to quality and excellence. Today, Leading Edge delivers an extensive range of commercial services including aircraft interior and exterior paint, OEM production coatings application support, mod-center paint services support, VIP aircraft interior completions and exterior paint, aviation graphics, aircraft weighing, long and short-term aircraft storage, field audits, fleet assessments, interior deep cleaning, and aircraft exterior wash and polish. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.leadingedgecorp.com.
About Associated Painters, Inc.
Headquartered in Spokane, Washington, with four state-of-the-art facilities in the United States, Associated Painters has been reimaging and painting all types of domestic and international aircraft since 1986. With over 2,000 aircraft painted to date, Associated Painters has emerged in the aerospace industry as the service provider of choice for aircraft manufacturers like Boeing, modification centers like Aviation Technical Services, Inc. (ATS) in Everett, Washington, AAR Aircraft Services (AAR) – in Oklahoma, and FlightStar in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as international and domestic airline companies. Currently, Associated Painters refinishes over 200 aircraft per year in four strategic locations in the United States. For more information, visit our web site at http://associatedpaintersinc.com.
Pete Rogers Joins Leading Edge Aviation as the Director of Sales for Business Jet Appearance and Refinishing
Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), the world’s largest aircraft painting company, announced today that Pete Rogers has joined the company in the position of Director of Sales, Business Jet Appearance and Refinishing. In his new role, Pete will be the main liaison for Leading Edge’s personal and business aircraft customers. While Leading Edge is already well-known for its ground-breaking work with top airlines like United, Delta, American and Southwest, it has only recently launched into the corporate aircraft market.
“After 20 years of serving America’s top airlines, Leading Edge is expanding its customer base to also cater to corporate and personal business aircraft. We are uniquely positioned as the quality leader of the industry which makes our transition into this market a natural fit,” said Dave Patterson, Executive Vice President, Leading Edge Aviation. “By bringing Pete on board, we’re enhancing our commitment to serving these customers, deepening existing relationships in this segment, and exploring new territory as well. We’re pleased to have him join the team and look forward to expanding our business in another exciting year.”
Pete brings a strong background of sales to Leading Edge that spans a number of industries including real estate, construction, textiles, and insurance. Before coming to Leading Edge, Pete worked as a real estate commercial title insurance rep for Ticor. Some of his career highlights include working on the prestigious Belcourt development in Newport Beach, increasing sales across 10 states for Burlington Industries, and creating the distribution strategy for beachwear company Redsand Inc.
For more information on corporate aircraft painting, please contact Pete Rogers at 714-556-0576 x201.
COSTA MESA, CA, July 17, 2012. Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), the largest commercial and military aircraft painting company in the world, announced today that it successfully painted its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at its state-of-the-art Fort Worth, Texas, facility. The aircraft, which was built by Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, South Carolina, arrived in Texas on May 30th, where it began its transformation to its final Air India livery.
Mike Manclark, Chief Executive Officer, LEAS says his team is thrilled to be part of the process on this ground-breaking project. “Working with Boeing on this incredible aircraft is the result of many years of effort and thousands of high quality Leading Edge aircraft paint deliveries,” he adds. “We are proud to join Boeing on this historic event, and look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”
From everyone at Leading Edge we want to wish a Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Flight!
About Leading Edge Services
Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with facilities across the United States, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. has one of the most advanced, commercial aircraft services companies in the world. Specializing in commercial and military aircraft painting, the company also provides a wide range of commercial services, including fuel system servicing, mod-center support, contract labor, line-turn maintenance, composite and sheet metal, long and short term aircraft storage, field audits, fleet assessments, interior deep cleaning, and strip and painting services to various branches of the United States Military. For more information, visit our web site.