Leading Edge and Associated Painters Team Up in Merger

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Leading Edge Aviation Services and Associated Painters join forces to form a world class aviation painting company.

The decision to merge forces was a make-sense move for both Leading Edge and Associated Painters. Our companies are AS9100 certified and support complementary airline customer bases.

Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. (Leading Edge), a leading aircraft painting company, today announced the acquisition of Associated Painters, Inc. (Associated Painters), based in Spokane, Washington.

Leading Edge founder and CEO, Mike Manclark, said, "Leading Edge and Associated Painters, the recognized leaders in this industry, are both Boeing-approved paint companies, servicing new OEM aircraft from B737 to B787, and serve as the primary provider to virtually every major airline. The Leading Edge/Associated Painters combined team form a partnership focused on providing Best in Class performance and quality. Our airline customers can continue to expect corporate quality finishes with the airline efficiency that we have been delivering for over two decades of business.”

Manclark continued, "Our two companies are recognized for maintaining stringent technical requirements, high-quality, and on-time reimaging. Leading Edge and Associated Painters have consistently received the highest accolades from customers across all branches of the aviation industry."

“The merged company provides us with enhanced hangar capacity, an excellent expanded work force and resources to meet and exceed all of the needs of our very specialized industry. We believe our combined team and facilities are unmatched, and represent the best total quality solution for our customers,” said Manclark.

Associated Painters owner and President, Rod Friese, said, "The decision to merge forces was a make-sense move for both Leading Edge and Associated Painters. Our companies are AS9100 certified and support complementary airline customer bases. For 25 years, we both have grown our niche capabilities and reputations for being high-quality painters. Leading Edge serves both the double and single aisle markets for the airlines, while Associated Painters focuses on the single aisle and regional airline space.”

Friese continued, "As a combined company, we've broadened our footprint in the United States. Our locations are a big advantage for our airline customers. Our airline customer base can cycle their fleets faster and more efficiently by landing revenue flights at on-line facilities and swapping planes at the gate, significantly reducing the need and cost to ferry aircraft to off line locations."
Leading Edge and Associated Painters will continue to operate under their respective names and current leadership. Leading Edge will continue to focus on serving airline customers with narrow and wide-body requirements, while Associated Painters will continue to work with the narrow-body customer base.

About Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc.
Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with operations in eight state-of-the-art facilities nationwide, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. is a leading commercial, military, and VIP aircraft painting company. Founded in 1989, the company’s success is attributed to its strong vision and a continuous commitment to quality and excellence. Today, Leading Edge delivers an extensive range of commercial services including aircraft interior and exterior paint, OEM production coatings application support, mod-center paint services support, VIP aircraft interior completions and exterior paint, aviation graphics, aircraft weighing, long and short-term aircraft storage, field audits, fleet assessments, interior deep cleaning, and aircraft exterior wash and polish. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.leadingedgecorp.com.

About Associated Painters, Inc.
Headquartered in Spokane, Washington, with four state-of-the-art facilities in the United States, Associated Painters has been reimaging and painting all types of domestic and international aircraft since 1986. With over 2,000 aircraft painted to date, Associated Painters has emerged in the aerospace industry as the service provider of choice for aircraft manufacturers like Boeing, modification centers like Aviation Technical Services, Inc. (ATS) in Everett, Washington, AAR Aircraft Services (AAR) – in Oklahoma, and FlightStar in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as international and domestic airline companies. Currently, Associated Painters refinishes over 200 aircraft per year in four strategic locations in the United States. For more information, visit our web site at http://associatedpaintersinc.com.

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