Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co

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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. is an American producer of aircraft parts and services including plans for homebuilt aircraft.

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
IndustryTransportation equipment and supplies
Founded1965
FounderBob and Flo Irwin
Headquarters,
United States
Number of locations
Corona, California, US; West Chicago, Illinois, US; Peachtree City, Georgia, US; Wasilla, Alaska, US; Brantford, Ontario, Canada
ProductsAircraft parts, plans and kits
Number of employees
300
DivisionsAircraft Spruce East, West, Midwest, Alaska, and Canada
Websitewww.aircraftspruce.com

HistoryEdit

Aircraft Spruce Co. was founded in 1965 by Bob and Flo Irwin as a follow-on to founding Fullerton Air Parts.[1] Initially the company sold only one product: aircraft grade spruce lumber for aircraft construction and restoration. Aircraft Spruce Co. added more products and adopted the name Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.

Jim Irwin, Bob and Flo's older son, managed kit programs such as the Vari-Eze in 1975 while still in college. In 1978 Jim acquired the company, and he became president in 1980.

Aircraft Spruce was housed in Fullerton, California from 1965 until 1997 in a historic Fullerton former citrus packing house. It then moved to a 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m2) facility in Corona, California. Aircraft Spruce East moved to a new 52,000 sq ft (4,800 m2) facility in Peachtree City, Georgia in 2004. Aircraft Spruce Canada was opened in Toronto in 2006, and moved to the Brantford, Ontario Airport in 2008 with a new 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2) facility coming online in 2016. In 2019, Aircraft Spruce opened two new facilities with Aircraft Spruce Midwest operating in a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) facility in West Chicago, Illinois, and Aircraft Spruce Alaska in a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) building in Wasilla, Alaska.[2]

Ron Alexander's Alexander Aeroplane Company was purchased and integrated into the company.[3]

Founder Bob Irwin died on 26 June 2015 at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.[4]

Aircraft kits and plansEdit

Aircraft Spruce has the rights to sell kits and plans for a large selection of homebuilt aircraft.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aircraft Spruce marks 50 years". AOPA Pilot: 38. February 2015.
  2. ^ "Aircraft Spruce". Archived from the original on 18 October 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  3. ^ "EAA Vintage Director Killed In Jenny Crash".
  4. ^ "Aircraft Spruce Co-Founder Bob Irwin Dies". AVweb. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Building Materials & Kits". Aircraft Spruce.

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