Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Kinzi Major Aircraft Plastics Supplier

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Kinzi Major Aircraft Plastics Supplier

Article excerpt

Journal Record Staff Reporter Following principles laid down 40 years ago by founders Wayne and Lynn Kinzie, a small Alva aeronautical firm has a big share of the world helicopter and small airplane plastics business. Kinzie Industries Inc., which was founded in 1951 by the brothers who were attending college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, has grown from a small repair station into a major plastics parts manufacturer. That growth hasn't been easy, but it has been a natural because of the company's philosophy, according to Vice President Paul Kinzie, son of Wayne Kinzie. "Dad and his brother (Lynn) started this business while they were in college, so they have continued that same idea all the way," he said. "Most of our employees are part-time college students who need to work to pay their way through school. "There are not that many jobs available in Alva, so we do what we can to help them. "We feel that it's important that we follow the work ethic and take pride in our work. When a high school senior or college freshman comes in to apply for work, we explain what we're doing and what we want," Kinzie said. " `Never make and try to sell something that you wouldn't want to use' is about the most important thing we tell our new employees. We continue to stress that all the time they are working here." That philosophy has worked, for the work force has grown to about 45 people, both full and part-time, and every year since 1987 the airplanes plastics part of the business has doubled, both in volume and in the number of employees. Kinzie would not discuss total sales volume or financial figures, however. He is in Oklahoma City for the 16th Annual Oklahoma Aircraft Dealers Association Airplane Auction and Trade Show, which ends today at Wiley Post Airport. More than 400 airplanes are expected to be offered for sale during the auction, which has drawn 1,000 bidders from 12 countries, territories and all 50 states. More than 50 companies from North America are exhibiting in the trade show, including Kinzie Industries Inc. "This is one of our more important marketing elements," Kinzie said.& "This gives us international exposure as well as domestic exposure and gives us a chance to enlarge our customer base for marketing." The company is an amalgam of various operations which have started over the years. The original company was simply an airplane repair station, which gained Federal Aviation Administration accep- tance in 1951. It added helicopters to its list of work in 1961 when the company received its first wrecked Hughes heli- copter to work on, Kinzie said. Since that time, the company evolved into manufacture of components for helicopters, specializing in the Hughes 269 and 500 series. In fact, the company is capable of producing more than 50 percent of the Hughes 269 helicopter. Plastics became an integral part of the business in the mid-1960s as Wayne and Lynn Kinzie began adding non-structural components for helicopters to its line. Parts for other helicopters continued to be added, and now the company is known worldwide for its components manufacturing capability. "In fact, in the last five years 75 percent of all our helicopter components have been for export," Kinzie said. "We have customers in at least 22 countries, probably more than that by now." Changes started coming about in the 1980s while Paul was attending college and started accepting more responsibility within the company. "I was born in 1962 and grew up in this business," he said. …
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.