FORT WAYNE, Indiana, May 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chuck Surack, founder of Surack Enterprises, announced today that he has purchased The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation of Menominee, Michigan to rebuild the Enstrom brand into one of the main American companies -made helicopter manufacturers as before. In a letter to Enstrom’s management team, Surack shared his gratitude to employees for their dedication and dedication over the years and especially during the past difficult months.
Surack is widely known for founding Sweetwater Sound, the largest online retailer of professional musical instruments and audio equipment, growing a $1.5 billion business out of the back of his Volkswagen bus. His entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen and enthusiasm for aviation are just a few of the reasons why, under his leadership, the future looks bright for Enstrom.
Matt Francour, President and CEO of Enstrom, said, “Earlier this year it looked like MidTex Aviation would step in and buy Enstrom, but when they had unexpected problems securing the financing, Chuck was able to step in. and save the company, which ended a lot of sleepless nights here for us in Michigan!” With the assistance of Carson LLP and Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, counsel for the trustee, the purchase was able to proceed quickly.”
Additionally, Surack’s history with Enstrom dates back to 2008, when he learned to fly helicopters and, even before getting his pilot’s license, he purchased a brand new Enstrom 480B. Surack said, “I’m thrilled to have purchased this outstanding company that manufactures helicopters here in the United States and employs workers right here in the Midwest.”
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation joins Surack Enterprises’ portfolio of aviation-related businesses, including Sweet Aviation, which offers charter flights, training and fixed-wing aircraft leasing; Sweet Helicopters, which does the same for rotorcraft and is the official helicopter service provider of Indianapolis Motor Speedway; and Aviation Specialty Insurance, which insures the aviation industry, including businesses, light aircraft, flight schools, drones and UAVs, and more.
Enstrom has maintained a reputation for safety, value and performance. The immediate focus will be to continue supporting pilots who already own an Enstrom helicopter by providing parts and support. The company is excited to start building helicopters again and plans to improve and update the Enstrom helicopter fleet.
About Enstrom Helicopter Corporation
From Rudy Enstrom’s first designs in 1943 to initial testing in a Michigan quarry in 1957 to aircraft operating on six continents, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has maintained a reputation for safety, value and performance. Based in Menominee, Michigan, and proudly made in the USA, Enstrom has a rich history of design innovation. The aim is to deliver helicopters to exact customer specifications and provide worldwide support and maintenance.
About Surack Enterprises
Surack Enterprises passionately serves the Midwest by creating sustainable employment opportunities and resources for the community to thrive. Our businesses include: The Clyde Theatre, The Club Room, Crescendo Coffee & More, Sweet Aviation, Sweet Helicopters, Aviation Specialty Insurance, Longe Optical, SweetCars, Lakeland Internet, Sweet Real Estate and now Enstrom Helicopter Corporation.
About Chuck Surak
Chuck Surack has built his businesses on one guiding principle: always do the right thing. With a passion for providing great service, Chuck founded Sweetwater in 1979 – which began as a mobile recording studio in the back of a Volkswagen bus and grew into the largest online musical instrument retailer. He and his wife, Lisa, continue to give back to communities through the Sweet Family of Companies and the Surack Family Foundation.
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Picture 1: Enstrom N480L
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