On June 4th began a trip from Luckey Landing SPB to Kendallville Indiana to deliver a wing and several control surfaces to Williams Airmotive/ Airframe Components. The 1085 Mile trip would take ~ 21 hours of driving and a few days of layover in Kendallville, IN. Along the way I had the opportunity to see a lot of our beautiful country, dodge hail & heavy rain with Tornado’s and stay overnight in a town called “Oshtabula, Ohio”. Upon arrival in Kendallville I decided fairly quickly to write and share what I saw in this operation with some of my readers. Owner Roy Williams, gave me a complete tour and allowed me to take pictures within this tremendous facility. Your’s truly had never heard about them- and for some, thats a good thing, as most customers meet them “by accident“. From the corporations location, ~ 5 miles from C62, Kendallville Municipal Airport, nestled deeply into a strange (to me, at least) grid system of roads, I was not expecting to find one of the most impressive facilities, I got to see in a while. Once you drive around the building it becomes painfully apparent that anyone with a pilot certificate will feel rather comfortable in this “toy store”.
Kendallville, Indiana is home to ~ 10,000 people but once you leave town you are on your own. Upon arrival (per TomTom GPS) it was possible to get a routing to the Kendallville Best Western, where I would spend the downtime waiting for the parts to get ready for shipment back to Maine, Yet, the next day it would prove impossible to navigate to their location per GPS. Bring a map, or if you are not grid road challenged, just do what you do.
Visitors get greeted to the facility by Rosie and a retired Air Force Jet, which not only looks nice – it swings to weathervane the wind direction!
Inside a few true jewels reveal themselves, and after speaking at length with Roy and his wife, it seems clear, that they have the probably most expansive inventory of wings, control surfaces, ribs, spars I have yet seen. Roy states that keeping parts in stock is beneficial to customers as usually, and with regular shops, there is at least one major required part missing to complete the job. Roy and crew do their best to be able to start and finish a job quickly and with the least hassle for the client. Pictures from the warehouse, wing production site and control surface area will follow soon, together with a better, more detailed writeup. Stay tuned and bookmark Williams Airmotive in case you end up with bent metal. These guys can get the job done, and if you manage to visit them in person you will get to enjoy the nice and friendly hospitality of a bunch of very nice people. THEY KNOW WINGS, TOO!