Paris 2011: Aero Sekur Growing Globally
Aero Sekur’s new office in Parsippany, New Jersey, announced in late May, has two planned phases, explained CEO Mark Butler. In the initial phase, the “essentially engineering office” will support the existing activities of its sister companies–Aero Sekur SpA in Italy and Aero Sekur Ltd. in Farnborough, England–with their programs for customers Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and others. Ursella Slusher, formerly head of sales at General Pneumatics in the U.S., is the new vice president of Aero Sekur Inc.; she’s looking to hire engineers and a quality manager.
The second phase will involve a relocation in about two years to facilities for manufacturing, production and MRO, specifically an FAA Part 145-approved repair station. Butler also wants the U.S. operation to improve Aero Sekur’s relationship with its major customers, AgustaWestland and Eurocopter, as they ramp up their own U.S. footprints, as well as cultivate possibilities with U.S. helicopter OEMs Sikorsky Aircraft and Bell Helicopters.
Aero Sekur’s products also include, life rafts, fuel tanks, parachutes for personnel, cargo, aircraft braking, UAV recovery, munitions and spacecraft (planetary descent); spacecraft landing systems, habitats (planetary and orbital), and inflatable greenhouse structures (one supplied to ESA for the International Space Station); and personal equipment for soldiers, including respirators/masks, CBRN suits, combat suits, ballistic jackets, ponchos proving reduced infrared signature and undergarments that monitor the wearer’s physiology.