By LISA MONTI
Tyonek Services Group Inc. announced May 10 the acquisition of Selex Galileo’s avionics system integration facility at Stennis International Airport in Hancock County for an undisclosed amount.
The company said Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility – Stennis will install state-of-the-art technology into aircraft and is expected to create at least 26 jobs over the next two years. Selex had approximately 50 employees.
“We know that the unique capabilities of this team and facility will bring great value to our customers and complement our already robust services offering,” said Steve Adlich, interim president of Tyonek Services Group. “With TSOF-S, we can complete sophisticated avionics systems integration and maintenance projects to support our customers and their critical missions.”
Tyonek is an Alaska Native Corporation with headquarters in Anchorage and affiliate offices in Madison, Ala.. It is governed by a board of directors and management staff who report to a community of approximately 800 shareholders.
Tyonek also develops land and resources and owns more than 190,000 acres of land, primarily on the west side of Cook Inlet on the coast of South Central Alaska.
At the new Mississippi operation Tyonek employees will install equipment including computers and communication technology into aircraft for the military and civilian customers.
It is one of several Tyonek subsidiaries around the U.S. that are involved in defense manufacturing and engineering, aircraft maintenance and logistics, information technology services, cyberspace and cyber simulator training, construction and oilfield support services.
Tyonek has a 10,000-squre-foot Engineering and Prototype Complex in Warner Robbins, Ga., where it provides electrical engineering services to customers.
James Hoffman, CEO of Tyonek Native Corporation, said the acquisition of Selex Galileo fits well into Tyonek’s current and future client base. He said the maintenance and repair operation can service fixed wing and rotorcraft airframes.
“This acquisition aligns with our commitment to provide value to our shareholders and increase our footprint in the market space,” he said.
Selex Galileo Inc., owned by an international firm with operations in Italy and the U.K., opened the aircraft modification operation at Stennis International Airport in 2008 to modify U.S. Coast Guard aircraft. In 2012 the facility was expanded to accommodate two large aircraft simultaneously.
The airport site includes a U.S. Department of Defense secure room to support special training missions. The facility also can serve as an emergency response center in the event of a hurricane.
The county-owned airport is inside the protective buffer zone carved out in the 1960s by NASA for the Stennis Space Center engine testing mission. It has an 8,500-foot grooved runway and is used by military and general aviation aircraft.
“We are pleased to welcome Tyonek to Hancock County and to Stennis International Airport,” said Bill Cork, CEO of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, the county’s economic development agency. “We look forward to their successful operation in this new location.”
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