ASI Goes All-In Opening New Facility Despite Pandemic

Aircraft Specialties, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska announces the relocation of its Part-145 repair station and opening of its new building.  The new location is approximately 15 minutes north of its original location, where the company resided for the past 34 years. Looking to expand their square footage, ASI first started their building process in July of 2019. But with the pandemic affecting the public and closing businesses, ASI had a decision to make. They could stop what they were doing and stay at their current facility or take a risk and continue their build in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

ASI decided to have faith and push forward despite the odds that were against them. According to ASI President Dave Fochler, “Nobody ever accomplishes anything great without having the courage to take risks. But, when you are surrounded by amazing influence, it’s easy to be bold.” Aside from the economic impact the pandemic has had on the aviation industry, ASI’s build went relatively well. Although the timing may not have been the best, ASI took the reduced workload as an opportunity to analyze their business from a strategic perspective. They were able to incorporate small changes into their new facility, reorganize, and focus on their move.

At 42,000 square feet, the new ASI building features the latest in energy saving technology, new state of the art equipment for the wheel and brake shop, and a floor plan designed for efficiency. “ASI is positioned to continue its growth plans while simultaneously increasing our levels of customer service. More shop space gives us more opportunities to provide additional support to our clients,” said Director of Sales Gene Portela.

Although building during the shutdown was difficult, the pandemic was not the biggest challenge for ASI. As a Part-145 repair station, coordinating their move in conjunction with the Federal Government was and has been one of ASI’s biggest obstacles. “Moving an aircraft repair station requires the approval of the FAA, including any stipulations they may place on the transition. Most businesses moving to a new location would find the stress of an address change challenging regarding clients, vendors, banks, AP, AR, USPS, or pickups and deliveries. There is so much to do outside of physically moving everything. But adding the extra timing issue with the FAA really forced us to thread the needle,” said ASI President Dave Fochler.

Despite their many challenges, ASI was able to overcome and move into their new facility by early October. Although they have had a change of location, their clients can still expect the same premium quality work and exceptional customer service they have come to know. The ASI team looks forward to their future in a new facility full of possibilities and opportunities. “We have an incredible team, we live in an amazing town, in the greatest country on earth,” said ASI President Dave Fochler.

Company Description: Aircraft Specialties, Inc. (ASI) is a Part-145 certified repair station that has specialized in the repair/overhaul and exchange of aircraft wheels and brakes since 1985. Today, ASI offers more than just wheels and brakes to the industry. With their growing list of products and services, ASI can serve their clients from aircraft nose to tail. To see pictures of their new facility visit their website at


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