HABCO in The News
Glastonbury, CT – HABCO Industries, a leader in supporting the commercial and defense aerospace industries with engine and airframe tooling solutions, support and test equipment, as well as logistics and warehousing, announced the appointment of Richard Levesque to the role of Chief Operating Officer. With extensive management experience spanning nearly three decades, Levesque brings valuable leadership to HABCO’s executive team during a period of rapid growth. As COO, Levesque will lead operations, focusing on planning, executing, measuring and driving accountability.
“It is such an exciting time at HABCO and I couldn’t be happier to have Rich join the team,” said Brian Montanari, HABCO’s President and CEO. “His decades of experience will help bring our operations to the next level as we continue on this path of rapid growth. With Lean as one of his key foundations, Rich will focus on continuously improving our operations in pursuit of providing the ultimate customer experience.”
Prior to joining HABCO, Levesque has utilized Lean principles to drive operational excellence and transform organizations across multiple industries including Healthcare, Commercial & Military. Most recently, as Operations Director at Radio Frequency Systems, Levesque was able to reduce lead times by 75% and costs by 35% resulting in increased market share. Prior to that, Levesque had a significant impact in achieving double-digit improvements in productivity, quality, lead time reduction and cash flow improvements as Vice President of Operations at both MAAX Bath and The Wiremold Company.
“I’m very excited about joining the HABCO organization. The production of quality products, dedicated workforce, and strong executive leadership are all examples of a commitment to growing the business. I’m looking forward to working with the team to take the organization to the next level.”
When Rich isn’t working, you can find him either on his boat on the Connecticut River, or spending quality time with his wife, children and grandson.
About HABCO Industries:
Founded in 1970, HABCO has steadily grown to be one of the premier support & test equipment and engine & airframe tooling solutions for the commercial and military aerospace industry. HABCO has partnered with several large OEM aerospace companies, and has been recognized with numerous industry achievements and awards.
In 2020, HABCO will celebrate 50 years of serving the commercial and defense aerospace industries with engine and airframe tooling solutions, support and test equipment, as well as logistics and warehousing. HABCO pledges to continue to innovate, grow and support their partners throughout the lifespan of their equipment. HABCO takes great pride in keeping the customer operationally ready. “It Matters” is a way of thinking and acting across every customer engagement. If it matters to you, it matters to HABCO.
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Glastonbury, CT – HABCO Industries, a privately held engine tooling and ground support equipment manufacturer for the commercial and military aerospace industry, has secured 25,000 square feet of additional logistics and warehousing space in East Hartford, CT.
Brian Montanari, President and CEO, said: “In true HABCO fashion, we reacted quickly in order to provide the ultimate customer experience. A key customer had a warehousing need and we wanted to meet their need. Within six weeks of being notified of the opportunity, we identified a location, negotiated a lease, and closed on the deal. The entire facility was cleaned out, repaired and updated with a security system and cameras. We accomplished a lot in 45 days, bringing HABCO to another level of trusted and dedicated support to our valued aerospace customers.”
The warehouse facility will free up critical manufacturing space to allow for planned growth in the headquarter location in Glastonbury, CT. Warehousing and logistics of engine tooling and ground support equipment continues to reinforce the commitment we have to our customers in providing all-encompassing solutions of their maintenance needs.
Brian, a strong believer in Lean principles, also said, “Within the next couple of weeks, the entire Glastonbury manufacturing facility will be set up with a new operational layout. This is all being done to reduce waste and improve flow, to be more effective in our execution and to set-up production lines for our new contracts.”
Las Vegas, NV – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE:LMT) has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with HABCO Industries to supply ground support equipment products for the maintenance, servicing and manufacturing production of Sikorsky helicopter products. The announcement was made at the 2018 HAI HELI-EXPO.
The agreement covers all commercial, international military, and U.S. Government ground support equipment, as well as locally fabricated and Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) items where Sikorsky is the main source for those products. The agreement commits HABCO to support commercial and military helicopters currently in operational use.
HABCO Industries is a leading supplier of ground support and test equipment as well as engine tooling product solutions that aerospace and defense companies have relied on for operational readiness for more than 47 years.
“HABCO is a long-time Sikorsky supplier. Their experience allows them to understand and embrace our product expectations and deliver GSE for our commercial and military customers. We fully expect the level of service and quality will transfer to the end users,” said Sikorsky’s Director for Fleet Management, Supportability and Training, Simon Gharibian.
“HABCO fully understands the tremendous responsibility that comes with being a distributor for Sikorsky. We’re committed to delivering rapid response with exceptional delivery times and the quality and performance that operators flying Sikorsky aircraft have come to expect,” said Jeff Kretzmer, V.P. Sales and Marketing, HABCO Industries.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
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Glastonbury, CT – HABCO Industries, a leading manufacturer of aerospace support and test equipment and engine tooling, has received certification from the FAA to begin operations as a Certified 14 CFR part 145 FAA Repair Station, CRS#: 5HBR906C. The stand-alone business offers maintenance, repair and overhaul services under Limited Accessories for Airframe and Engine components. There will be additional product categories added in the future as the HABCO MRO business continues to grow and evolve.
“For over 40 years‚ countless aerospace customers have counted on HABCO to provide them with proven support and test equipment products. Many of these customers have asked us to develop an FAA Service business to support overhaul and repair of products. We’re building on this competency to have a deeper FAA service offering. HABCO MRO is borne out of the market need and request‚” stated Jeff Kretzmer‚ Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We began this journey to gain certification well over a year ago and have worked tirelessly with the FAA to meet all their stringent requirements. We’re excited about what this means for HABCO Industries‚” added Kretzmer.
The HABCO MRO business will be located in a separate facility within the HABCO operational footprint. All employees, from inspectors to technicians are totally focused and dedicated on the service aspects of the business. “HABCO MRO represents a major investment for the company. We’re building an employee base to meet the demanding requirements that being an FAA Repair Station entails for the aerospace community. Our plans are to rapidly grow the business,” remarked Brian Montanari, President and CEO.
The initial focus for HABCO MRO is going to be aimed at concentrating on the core competencies of the parent company HABCO Industries that involve the repair of products requiring actuation, temperature, pressure and air-flow/oil-flow. This is the product category where HABCO MRO can add the most value based on years of experience manufacturing and servicing these products.
Glastonbury, CT – HABCO Industries, a leading supplier of test and support equipment and tooling products to the aerospace industry, has entered into a license agreement with Pratt & Whitney as the exclusive authorized tooling supplier for Pratt & Whitney engine tooling on the GP7200 engine. This license agreement builds on the position that HABCO has established as an engine tooling supplier. Over the past year, HABCO has functioned as the exclusive Designated Service Supplier (DSP) of tooling for Pratt & Whitney legacy engines − JT3D, JT8D, JT9D, PW2000, PW4000 and PW6000.
“Throughout our existence, countless airline operators have relied upon HABCO for high quality, support and test equipment used throughout their operations. The addition of the Engine Alliance license agreement with Pratt & Whitney is a further demonstration of our engine tooling business offering. We’ve totally aligned the company from both an internal and external position to ensure that all Engine Alliance customers receive the Pratt & Whitney tooling support that they’ve come to expect. Our support will be unwavering,” remarked Jeff Kretzmer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for HABCO.
“The license agreement with Pratt & Whitney for Engine Alliance tooling is another validation of the business that we’re building at HABCO. We’re working to build a business that end users can continually count on to get their engine tooling whenever and wherever they need it. We’re working hard to pay off the trust that major aerospace OEM’s are placing in us with these license agreements,” added Kretzmer.
Glastonbury, CT – HABCO Industries, a leading supplier of test and support equipment to the aerospace industry, has entered into a license agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada to be an approved licensed supplier for commercial tooling in support of all Pratt & Whitney Canada engine programs (JT15D, PW100, PW150, PW100TS, PW200, PW210, PW300, PW500, PW600, PW800 and PT6, PT6A, PT6B and PT6C). Over the past year, HABCO has been functioning as the exclusive designated service supplier of tooling for Pratt & Whitney engines − JT3D, JT8D, JT9D, PW2000, PW4000 and PW6000. Plans are in place to be fully operational in support of the new Pratt & Whitney Canada license agreement at the beginning of 2017.
“Throughout our existence, countless airline operators have relied on HABCO for quality support and test equipment used throughout their operations. The tooling license agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada is a further demonstration of our InnoGration™ business offering. We’ve totally aligned the company from both an internal and external perspective to ensure that all Pratt & Whitney Canada engine customers receive the tool support that they’ve come to expect. Our support will be unwavering,” remarked Jeff Kretzmer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for HABCO.”
Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, HABCO has supplied extensive product solutions to the aviation industry for well over 40 years. The company has a deep product offering that includes a comprehensive portfolio of support and test equipment. Over the past two years, the company has expanded their unique InnoGration™ value stream to include significant license agreements with several aerospace OEMs.
Glastonbury, CT – HABCO Industries, a leading supplier of test and support equipment to the aerospace industry, has entered into a license agreement with Pratt & Whitney to be the exclusive designated service supplier for commercial tooling in support for Pratt & Whitney legacy engine programs. The agreement covers current Pratt & Whitney commercial engines in operation, including: JT3D, JT8D, JT9D, PW2000, PW4000 and PW6000 engines.
“HABCO has demonstrated the quality that we are looking for in a strategic sourcing resource of tools and tooling solutions,” said Rick Pianka, General Manager – Commercial Engines Global Procurement & Licensing, Pratt & Whitney. “They proved their capabilities and credentials through a vigorous vetting program. HABCO has achieved UTC Supplier Gold status, which is United Technologies’ highest supplier rating. The company also is an AS9100 certified facility with a commitment to great quality and rapid response. We’re confident that HABCO has the right programs and people in place to make this transition seamless for our customers.”
Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, HABCO has supplied extensive product solutions to the aviation industry for well over 40 years. The company has a deep product offering that includes a comprehensive portfolio of support and test equipment.
“Countless airlines have always relied upon HABCO throughout the years to deliver support and test equipment to assure their assets remain in revenue service. The license agreement with Pratt & Whitney is a further commitment to delivering on this capability. We’ve aligned the company both internally and externally to ensure that Pratt & Whitney airline customers receive the engine tool support to which they are accustomed. It is a responsibility that we take seriously,” remarked Jeff Kretzmer, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for HABCO.
Beginning second quarter of 2015, all new orders for commercial tooling to support Pratt & Whitney legacy engines were transitioned to the responsibility of HABCO Industries. Customers were alerted to the change by Pratt & Whitney through a service letter. Contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hartford, CT – Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that HABCO Industries, which builds test and ground-support equipment for the aerospace industry, is expanding its Glastonbury operation and plans to increase its workforce from 42 to 79 over the next four years.
"Today is another example of Connecticut's commitment to the aerospace industry, leveraging this strategic relationship to benefit our state. HABCO is one of hundreds of small aerospace manufacturers that will be hiring over the next several years, and Connecticut is pleased to be a partner in its growth," Governor Malloy said. "Last year we grew more jobs than any time since 1998 - and it's because we're making smart decisions today for a brighter Connecticut tomorrow. We're investing like never before, and our state is making progress as a result."
Aerospace industry original equipment manufacturers like Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, and Boeing forecast 29,000 new passenger and freight aircraft being built at a value of $4.4 trillion over the next 20 years. This unprecedented growth means increasing demand for HABCO's test and support equipment services, which currently serve many of Connecticut's leading aerospace industry suppliers.
"We are proud to have the confidence of, and partnership with, the state of Connecticut. We're now in position to make the investments in our manufacturing and IT infrastructure we need to pursue our ambitious business strategy and realize the tremendous growth potential that the aerospace industry presents going forward," stated Brian Montanari, President and CEO. "It demonstrates that Connecticut is creating a business-friendly environment that attracts investment, spurs job growth, and helps companies such as HABCO to become more competitive in the global marketplace."
"I recently toured HABCO, and Brian told me about his plan to double his workforce over the next few years and how the State of Connecticut can help with that," said State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester), whose 4th State Senate District includes Glastonbury. "Habco's not moving down South. They're not moving overseas. They're staying and growing right here in Connecticut with the help of Governor Malloy and the state legislature. This investment is great news for Glastonbury and great news for Connecticut's bedrock, booming aerospace and defense industries."
The state will support the project with a $2 million loan from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), at an interest rate of 2 percent for a term of 10 years. DECD funding will be used to purchase manufacturing equipment such as computer numeric controlled (CNC) lathes, five axis milling machines, a tube bender, a powder coat system, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software as well as training for current and new employees.
"This funding will provide HABCO with the employees, equipment, training, and infrastructure to remain a strong partner in Connecticut's future aerospace growth plans," said DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith. "And a strong manufacturing sector is crucial to a strong overall economy."