Carson blazed her own trail and has become one of the most sought after aircraft manufacturers worldwide. In 1995, Carson started Helicopter Tech, Inc., a one-of-a-kind operation manufacturing replacement parts for commercial aircrafts. Offering a product no one else did, HTI found itself engrossed in the international market in just two years.
cI wanted to spin off and do something separate& d Carson says, c&define the Helicopter Tech, Inc. Takes Flight with Direction from the KU SBDC October 2008 Success Story Dau hin Lebanon Berks KU SBDC Helicopter Tech, Inc. is located in King Of Prussia, PA, in Montgomery County Rachel Carson Helicopter Tech, Inc.
http://www.helicoptertechinc.com/ Industry: Aircraft Parts & Equipment Manufacturing Year Founded: 1995 SBDC Assistance: Government Procurement Kutztown University SBDC Ernie Post, Director www.kutztownsbdc.org Lancaster Chester Kutztown SBDC Success Connection Pioneering the aviation parts and equipment industry since 1995, Helicopter Tech, Inc. (HTI), with President and CEO Rachel Carson, is no stranger to leading the pack. This year HTI took the lead when awarded one of four Primes for the Landing Gear Prime Vendor Contract by Hill Air Force Base located in northern Utah.
Helping them along way was KU SBDC government procurement services and consultant George Boehm. Aviation runs ... more. less.
through Carson 9s veins. Growing up around airfields in Bryn Mawr under the watchful eyes of her father and uncle, it 9s no wonder Carson has made a name for herself in the industry.<br><br> However, Carson wanted to find her own identity apart from her family 9s hertiage. company and find a niche that was unique. d What Cason did was identify a need in the industry replacement parts for commercial aircraft 4and took it from there. HTI 9s overseas growth potential plateaued, consuming 42% of all HTI sales.<br><br> Seeing no further growth potential, Carson began looking growth in domestic markets again. Attending trade shows, Carson developed a sense f government contracts and soon found herself researching various air force base opportunities. 4 for or , at Hill Air Force Base, e two investigated further.<br><br> there o find out what his thoughts were, and I hold his opinions high regard, d Carson says. s proposal is, 8failure is not n option, 9 d Carson says. cWe just needed the right team on assembled a sharp If you don 9t have the right people ot going to get there, you 9re just going to spin the wheel, d Carson says.<br><br> he KU SBDC, Helicopter n While researching Heller Air Force Base, the Heller Air Force Small Busines Office recommended Carson enlist the help of the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (KU SBDC) and KU SBDC government procurement consultant George Boehm. When the search yielded a promising prospect th The two year application process was taxing, but the KU SBDC and Boehm were every step of the way. Boehm spent time with Carson 4answering questions of procurement, guidelines and research during the two year proposal process.<br><br> cI could always tap on George 9s door t in Supported by the KU SBDC and her own ethics, Carson and HTI landed the contract, while competing against multi-million dollar companies. cOne of the quotes we 9ve used to help us get through thi a and the right resources. I wanted us to do something truly incredible, by my standards, and allow other doors to open. d The contract incoporates landing gear systems for 34 fixed wing aircraft airplanes and one roto-craft (helicopter).<br><br> Cars ccapture team d to help during the proposal proccess, c you 9re n Through dedication and perseverance, and some help from t Tech, Inc. was rewarded, and has grown to become a top competitor in the aviatio replacement parts industry. The KU SBDC is expecting more great things to come from HTI in the coming years.<br><br> 2 Helicopter Tech Inc. is located at 452 Swedeland Road, King of Prussia PA, 19406. Visit them o web today by clicking n the here .<br><br> You can also contact HTI via phone: 610.272.8090, or toll free (U.S. only): 800.487.9095, by fax: 610.272.9019, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org . HTI is alway looking for fresh talent and additional suppliers to enhance its team.<br><br> iness Development Center provides one-on-one nd free online business courses. Information about these free services is s The Kutztown University Small Bus consulting, business planning tools, a available at our interactive website , www.kutztownsbdc.org. Want to contact us by mail?<br><br> Send correspondence to Ernie Post, Director, Kutztown University mall Business Development Center, 15155 Kutztown Rd. Kutztown, PA 19530. www.kutztownsbdc.org S 3<br><br>