ATLANTA--MRO Holdings signed a letter of intent to purchase North State Aviation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on April 8. The facility, formerly operated by Piedmont Airlines, includes six narrowbody bays.
MRO Holdings CEO Greg Colgan told Aviation Week that the aftermarket service provider has been looking for an opportunity in the U.S. where there was available technical talent, a good facility with strong management, and what it perceives as good local regional support.
“North State fits our growth profile,” says Colgan, who did not disclose the acquisition value.
MRO Holdings—which operates Flightstar in Jacksonville, Florida; Aeroman in El Salvador; and TechOps MX in Queretaro, Mexico—intends to integrate North Star into its technical and engineering support network after completing normal due diligence and the acquisition.
Colgan says “we’ve got built-up demand from our core customers” and he’d like to use North Star, at least initially, for lease returns, entry into service and avionics and interiors modifications.
Aeroman recently opened its sixth hangar, TechOps MX added two more lines in December for CRJ maintenance and has been increasing throughput, and Flightstar is “running at optimal capacity,” adds Colgan