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Stark Aerospace cuts ribbon

COLUMBUS — Stark Aerospace held the grand opening celebration of its new facility in Columbus yesterday. Stark Aerospace is a subsidiary of IAI North America, the U.S. subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI).

Yair Shamir, chairman of the board of IAI, said, “We established Stark Aerospace to advance IAI technologies, products, and systems to enhance the security of the United States. Our goal for Stark Aerospace is to become a leading regional aerospace and defense company benefiting its customers, community, owners, and employees.”

Stark Aerospace was established in 2006 at Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Lab in Starkville, and a second division was added in 2007 in Columbus. Yesterday, the ribbon was cut on an 86,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. In addition, construction is already underway for a 20,000-square-foot expansion expected to be completed in January 2010.

“With the construction of this new facility, Stark Aerospace is further demonstrating its commitment to doing business in Mississippi,” said Governor Haley Barbour in a statement released for the occasion. “I commend the company for the additional jobs they are creating here in the Golden Triangle area and the contributions their operations are making to this community, the state, and to our nation’s defense.”

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) division is producing the Hunter MQ-5B for the U.S. Army. It has flown hundreds of thousands of hours in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Global War on Terror. Stark is currently expanding its UAS flight operations and facilities to meet increased demand in the American market.

The Electro-Optics division performs assembly of new TAMAM POP (Plug-in Optronic Payload) 300 series payloads and performs repairs on these units used on AAI Shadow UAS in Afghanistan and Iraq. These payloads are also used on law enforcement helicopters and for other surveillance needs.

Stark is broadening its capabilities through increased U.S. based engineering research support.


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  1. Grand Opening??? When Gov. Haley Barbour, the Lt. Gov., both US senators, and other ‘senior elected officials’ did not show up for this – due to local info – the (few legit) workforce said ‘I guess they are on to us’. A few months after Stark’s grand opening, American Eurocopter held a presentation for their new contract w/ the US army. All of these politicians showed up for AE and none of them cared to even drive by AE’s next door neighbor (Stark) to honk and waive. The experienced managers have either quit or been canned due to CEO David Eudy’s lies and mismanagement concerning people, money, and ethics. He hired his local neighbors as top execs and he had tofire a few of these just to keep the Israelis and Board off of him. He is the short in stature, which is good because he sees all the money being passed under the table to his top execs, contractors, and for those ever important mgt. meetings in Vegas, N’ Orleans during Mardi Gras, and Europe. I wander what the co. money was actually spent on??? Probabaly the same ‘fun’ that his flight ops team got caught doing in Panama in the hotel ‘with their pants down’ after Sen. Thad Cochran earmarked $10m for Stark in Columbus, MS to win over a big contract. Stark’s team was so outlandish that they got the project temporarily scrapped. DEA and CIA will not forget. Please google other newspaper articles concerning stark and read the comments by current/former employees, co. visitors, and aerospace insiders. Eudy had the 1 city paper (Commercial Dispatch) take out those comments but other publications have left some of them for your viewing.

  2. Amazing that someone can be terminated at the highest level and still be compensated even after proven abuse of travel in excess of $30,000 !!! How do some of these people sleep at night. Business in Texas or elsewhere be sure to keep your eyes wide open for a short little guy with a grest gift of razzle dazzle and is certainly impressive. Mostly himself 🙂 He is easy to spot with a blond attached with an on/off switch on the back of her neck !

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