Amarillo is a solid base of operations for companies developing the latest advances in aviation, as well as those supporting it. We are home to the leader in vertical flight, Bell, as well as an important service hub for maintenance specialist TACAir. With these well-established enterprises, Amarillo has the existing supply lines and specialized talent pool to support additional aviation and aerospace enterprises.

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BELL

Bell Helicopter builds highly specialized machines that are relied upon throughout the world to support our troops with the latest in aviation, help companies accurately assess their assets, and protect the public by fighting fires and crime. At the Bell Helicopter Military Aircraft Assembly Center in Amarillo, they’re building the revolutionary V-22 Osprey and upgrading the Cobra and Huey for 21st Century military missions. They are also planning to expand their facility, thanks to $6 million in financing assistance from the Amarillo EDC, to house another 525 commercial helicopters.

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TACAIR

Keeping aircraft operating at their top performance is a complex but critical task. TACAir’s operation in Amarillo ensures that happens for their customers throughout the U.S. Whether it’s serving as a quick-turn pit crew for planes to more intricate maintenance needs, the specialized facilities and staff in Amarillo make it possible.

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LEADING EDGE AVIATION SERVICES

Leveraging the centralized U.S. position in Amarillo, Leading Edge serves the needs of many corporate clients with their aircraft service operations. Their industry-leading environmental controls help ensure their aircraft-painting services protect the Amarillo environment.

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HEAD SETS INC

Headsets, Inc. creates quality noise-canceling modules for aviation headsets and accessories. Headsets, Inc.’s products are sold all over the world, from Germany and France to Australia and South Africa.

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ENGLISH FIELD AVIATION

English Field Aviation provides aircraft maintenance services and support. Although specializing in King Air, English Field Aviation employees are fully trained and certified to work on a range of other aircraft types. Their prime mid-continent location allows it to serve local Amarillo residents as well as customers who frequently fly transcontinental.

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INTERNATIONAL AEROSPACE COATINGS

International Aerospace Coatings Ltd, (IAC) incorporating the Eirtech, Leading Edge and Associated Painters brands, is a leading global provider of aviation coating services, including exterior & interior aircraft painting, aircraft refurbishment & provision of aircraft graphics.

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Learn how the Amarillo EDC’s accelerated process can make a difference in how you do business

THE BENEFITS OF BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION PROGRAMS

The primary sources of job growth exist in every community:

Existing business expansions account for 80%

Incoming new businesses account for 11%

And start-up operations account for 9%

WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT EXISTING BUSINESSES:

  • Existing businesses provide even more return on investment in smaller, rural market areas where entrepreneurial and recruitment opportunities are limited.
  • While customer attrition is a fact of life in both the private and public sectors, it's 10 times more cost-effective to work with existing customers than to continually cultivate new ones.
  • Business retention and expansion provide the customer -- the existing private sector firm in your market area -- with a seamless customer contact and service experience.
  • Less than 10% of business closures result from business failures. More than 90% are caused by work movement through mergers, consolidation, restructuring and deliberate decisions to relocate businesses.