Hartzell Announces Acquisition of Sky-Tec

Company strengthens position in Lycoming engine market with new starters and solenoids.

Hartzell Engine Technologies
Alabama-based Hartzell announced it has acquired aircraft starter and solenoid manufacturer Sky-Tec.Hartzell

Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) announced its acquisition of Sky-Tec — a manufacturer of aircraft starters and solenoids — today at Sun ‘n Fun.

Adding solenoids to its portfolio, HET will extend its reach to the Lycoming engine market, while enhancing its product offerings with Sky-Tec’s starters.

“Sky-Tec has a strong position on Lycoming engines, and HET’s strength is in Continental engine starters. Customers will further benefit when the best products of both businesses are together under one roof,” says HET President Mike Disbrow.

Sky-Tec will continue manufacturing its starters and solenoids under its brand in Granbury, Texas, through the end of 2016. Once the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval documentation is in place, HET will transfer production to its Montgomery, Alabama, location.

“The purchase of the Sky-Tec brand is consistent with our strategy of growing our core product lines organically and through acquisition,” Disbrow says. This is HET’s second acquisition of 2016; it purchased the assets of C&D Associates in mid-February.

“Sky-Tec not only brings us a leadership position on Lycoming engines, it also adds new applications such as four-cylinder Continental and Rotax engines, Franklin engines and other developing aircraft powerplant technologies to our product portfolio.”