Enstrom Helicopter Corporation of Menominee continues to keep its helicopters flying on a worldwide basis. The company recently was granted New Zealand-type acceptance for its F-28/280/480 series helicopters by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. 

The approval may seem like just another step in paperwork to ordinary readers, but it’s a big step for the company because it means the 480B model has been introduced to New Zealand and its customer base. According to Dennis Martin, director and marketing sales for Enstrom, the locally-produced helicopters, with their rugged features and notable safety record, are a good fit for New Zealand because of the country’s windy conditions and mountainous terrain. 

Enstrom’s piston aircraft have been operating successfully in New Zealand for many years. The latest type acceptance updates the latest certification on those aircraft and also approves the company’s turbine powered 480B for operation in that country. Enstrom’s entire product line is currently certified in more than 40 countries, including the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.  

Kudos to Enstrom Helicopter Corporation for maintaining stellar manufacturing and service records for its worldwide customer base. We wish the company well in keeping its helicopters flying and broadening its customer base around the world. 

Another Menominee-based company that began on a small scale was recently honored as the “Distributor of the Year” for the Industrial Buyers Consortium (IBC) at its national meeting in Orlando, Florida. Christensen Machinery & Supply Inc. was cited by IBC, which is an organization of independent industrial distributors from around the United States. 

The prestigious award is given to the distributor who demonstrates exemplary support of IBC programs and sales volumes among IBC supplier members. Christensen Machinery & Supply received a second award, known as the Knowledge is Power Award, for completing the most training modules by a distributor member during the year for the second time in two years. 

The training modules are no small matter in the industrial supply field. Led by the company’s customer supply representative, Mark Ostrenga, the company completed more than 300 training modules as a group in 2018. 

Steve Delgoffe, president of Christensen Machinery, called it a great honor to be recognized by a group of peers spread throughout the country. 

Christensen Machinery & Supply has provided tools, metal-working equipment and industrial supplies to markets in the 15-county Upper Peninsula and north central Wisconsin since 1951. Company headquarters are located at 1101 56th Ave. in Menominee’s industrial park sector. 

We ask our two communities to join us in saluting Enstrom Helicopter and Christensen Machinery & Supply for their distinguished records in separate business segments of Menominee and Marinette. Their achievements are another indication of the quality labor pool we have in our local communities.