June 2016 Powerlines

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June 2016 | Volume 29 • Number 6 | www.powersouth.com/powerlines | info@powersouth.com Next month: Alabama's Energy Institute supports the industry through advocacy, research and education. Meeting the needs of a thriving aviation industry PowerSouth's members serve diverse industries that rely on affordable and reliable energy, and for Covington EC, that means meeting the needs of a flourishing aviation industry. One such up-and-coming business is Arista Aviation in Enterprise, Ala., served by Covington EC. "A business like this benefits our community in multiple ways, and we're excited about their expansion into the CEC service area," said Covington EC President, CEO and General Manager Ed Short. Arista specializes in maintaining, repairing, overhauling and modifying a variety of helicopter types, regardless of manufacturer. The company prides itself on being a small business with large capabilities. Currently, Arista employs 130 people and holds a five- year government contract. Arista serviced 21 aircraft last year, and this year's goal is 30. They are branching out and targeting new customers, looking to form partnerships with top helicopter manufacturers and military bases — even setting their sights internationally. As the company grows, Arista President Rich Enderle anticipates a need to increase hangar space and expand the Enterprise Municipal Airport's runway. They also foresee increasing their workforce as they take on new customers. Arista relocated from Arizona in 2014 because of Alabama's "aviation-rich environment." "This area is the center of the world when it comes to rotor-wing platforms," Enderle said. "There is such a wealth of talent in the Wiregrass area." Arista is not the only business in the aviation industry in PowerSouth's service territory. Vector Aerospace, also served by Covington EC, is an industry-leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operators around the globe. "When the aviation school at the Southeast Alabama Regional Airport reopens, it will help train potential employees to fill positions provided by companies like Arista and Vector," Short said. "These opportunities are welcome news for our community." g Arista Aviation employees Jeremy Bell (above) and Hayden McLean service aircraft at the Enterprise facility. Powerlines

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