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Enstrom is under new and stable ownership
When the deal with MidTex Aviation fell through, Surack Enterprises stepped up to purchase Enstrom Helicopters. The initial goal is to continue to service existing owners with parts and support.
The Enstrom 480.

Surack Enterprises founder Chuck Surack has purchased the Enstrom Helicopter Corporation of Menominee, Michigan to rebuild the Enstrom brand into one of the leading American-made helicopter manufacturers it once was. In a letter to the Enstrom leadership team, Surack shared his appreciation to the employees for their devotion and dedication over the years and particularly the last few difficult months.

Surack is widely known for founding Sweetwater Sound, the largest online retailer of music instruments and professional audio equipment, growing it into a $1.5 billion business out of the back of his Volkswagen bus. His entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen and enthusiasm for aviation are just a few reasons why, under his ownership, the future is bright for Enstrom.

Enstrom president and CEO Matt Francour says: “Earlier this year it looked as if MidTex Aviation would step in and buy Enstrom, but when it had unexpected problems securing the funding, Chuck was able to step in and save the company, which ended a lot of sleepless nights here for us in Michigan.”

Surack's history with Enstrom dates to 2008 when he learned to fly helicopters. Before even obtaining his pilot's licence he purchased a brand new Enstrom 480B.

Surack says: “I am excited to have purchased this outstanding company that manufactures helicopters here in the United States and employs workers right here in the Midwest.”

The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation joins the Surack Enterprises portfolio of aviation-related businesses including charter and training company Sweet Aviation; Sweet Helicopters; and Aviation Specialty Insurance.

The immediate goal will be to continue supporting pilots who already own an Enstrom helicopter by providing parts and support. The company is excited to start building helicopters again and is planning to improve and update the Enstrom helicopter fleet.

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