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Gar Kenyon Aerospace and Defense to exhibit at the Farnborough International Airshow

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

airshowJune 23, 2016- GarKenyon will be attending the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK this year in July for the first time. For those attending come see us at the State of Connecticut Exhibit in Building 2 Booth 60. Contact sal…@garkenyon.com to schedule a meeting with us. Thanks!




The Loar Group Announces Its Acquisition of SAF Industries, LLC (dba GarKenyon)

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

March 23, 2015

The Loar Group today announced it has acquired SAF Industries, LLC (dba GarKenyon), a leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of precision components used in hydraulic and pneumatic systems across the aircraft. Headquartered in Meriden, Connecticut (USA), GarKenyon designs and manufactures valves, manifolds and actuators for landing gear, flight controls, engine / fuel controls and other hydraulic and pneumatic systems for the commercial aerospace, business jet, general aviation and defense markets. Today over 95% of GarKenyon’s revenues are from proprietary products. The business will continue to operate as GarKenyon.

Speaking on behalf of the Loar Group, Dirkson Charles (Chief Executive Officer) said, “We are excited about the addition of GarKenyon to the Loar Group family of companies. The combination of Loar’s aerospace experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and resources with GarKenyon’s deep experience in hydraulic, pneumatic and electromechanical components will result in a stronger enterprise that is better positioned to serve our customers. The addition of GarKenyon’s highly engineered and proprietary products will also allow us to improve our solutions-based engineering approach to assisting Loar’s customers. We are focused on bringing our resources to bear to position GarKenyon to invest in new platforms, and we look forward to continuing to work with GarKenyon’s strong group of blue-chip aerospace customers.”

Steve Fournier, Chief Executive Officer of GarKenyon said, “I am very pleased to transition ownership and management of GarKenyon to the Loar Group. Loar is an outstanding organization with a strong track record of driving growth of its business units while working together with its customers to provide high quality aerospace components. I look forward to watching GarKenyon continue to grow under the leadership of the Loar management team.”

The Loar Group is a diversified manufacturer and supplier with established relationships with leading aerospace and defense OEMs worldwide. Its mandate is to create a strategic global alliance of companies specializing in the design and manufacture of aerospace and defense components. Loar provides its partners and customers with innovative, cost-effective capabilities and responsive, dependable service, leading to profitable and sustainable long-term relationships. The Loar Group is an affiliate of JLL Partners, Inc.

JLL Partners is a middle-market private equity firm with a 27-year track-record of adding value to complex investments through financial and operational expertise. Since its founding in 1988, JLL Partners has committed approximately $4.4 billion across six funds. The firm has developed significant expertise in sectors including aerospace, healthcare, building products, financial services, and business services.For more information, please visit www.jllpartners.com

For more information please contact Mr. Dirkson Charles at dirksoncharles@loargroup.com  or visit our company websites: www.loargroup.com  and www.garkenyon.com

GarKenyon Aerospace and Defense Thrives as the U.S. Military Defense Budget Shrinks

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Although the U.S. government’s defense budget has been shrinking over the past few years, Gar Kenyon continues to find success in providing support for a wide range of military platforms, including programs in development, full-rate production programs, and legacy programs that are being upgraded and modified.

NAUGATUCK, CT – As the U.S. government continues to tighten its belt by reducing the defense budget, GarKenyon Aerospace and Defense finds ways to thrive. “Our ongoing success in light of the decreases in military spending is a testament to our ability to be responsive to the changing needs of our customers,” explains GarKenyon’s sales and marketing manager Eric Mansholt. “In addition to the high level of customer service we provide, we have the ability to meet the military industry’s technical needs at competitive prices.”

According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, taking into account the budget for 2014, total military defense spending has dropped more than $80.2 billion since 2010. This downward trend is expected to continue.

In addition to supporting existing full rate production platforms such as the Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile, GarKenyon is providing critical fluid control solutions for programs currently under development. These programs include the KC46A air refuel aircraft, Firebird UAV and the Scorpion light attack aircraft. Products include a solenoid controlled valve, flow limiter, pressure compensator, NLG actuator, and control and braking system valves.

One of the most effective ways the military is dealing with the shrinking budget is to revive legacy programs through upgrades and modifications. GarKenyon is supplying brake shuttle manifolds to assist the U.S. Air Force with retooling the E-6 program. “This is another area where we excel,” says Eric. “We are happy to able to respond quickly with the parts our customers need to extend the life of existing programs.”

About GarKenyon Aerospace and Defense
GarKenyon Aerospace and Defense is an industry leader in the design, fabrication, assembly, and testing of components for the aviation and defense industries. For more than 60 years, GarKenyon has been committed to creating the most advanced mechanical, electromechanical, and hydro-mechanical aerospace components and assemblies.

To learn more about GarKenyon’s aerospace, design, fabrication, assembly, and testing capabilities, please contact the following and visit their website at www.garkenyon.com


Jonathan Fournier
Vice President of Sales
GarKenyon Aerospace and Defense
Phone 203-317-2670
Cell – 203-558-1887
Fax – 203-317-2605

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Recognizes GarKenyon

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, the builder of the world’s finest military fighter, transport and surveillance aircraft and commercial transport aircraft, relies heavily on its supply base to provide the key and critical components we need to meet our customer’s needs. SAF Industries is one of those companies we depend on.

In 2012, SAF Industries has successfully delivered their product to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company 100% on time and with zero quality defects. This doesn’t happen without a workforce dedicated to the highest standards of performance.

Lockheed Martin wishes recognize and thank SAF Industries and its employees for their attention to detail and commitment to their customer needs in 2012.