SkyOx Changing Ownership

SkyOxAn announcement was made this week that AirCraft Industries Inc. (DBA SkyOx) will change ownership effective December 1¸ 2013. The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of portable oxygen systems for general aviation pilots and passengers. In addition they offer a line of windsocks and windsock frames.

Walt Smiles, chairman of the board for, and current owner of, SkyOx; said that the business is being acquired by Susan Klemm, current president of the company. Klemm also serves as president of Christianson Industries, a sister company of SkyOx.

Susan Klemm (L) and Walt Smiles (R) jointly announced the  change of ownership effective December 1, 2013.
Susan Klemm (L) and Walt Smiles (R) jointly announced the
change of ownership effective December 1, 2013.

Klemm, a native of Elkhart, Indiana, joined the firm in 1990 as office manager. After promotions to outside sales and then Vice President of sales, Susan has been president of both organizations since 2001. Smiles noted, “Susan earned each of these promotions despite a continuing battle with Multiple Sclerosis. When given the opportunity to buy the business, Susan saw this as just another challenge and I have no doubt of her commitment and ability.”

SkyOx offers nine models of portable oxygen systems with capacities ranging from two-cubic feet to 50-cubic feet of oxygen. The larger capacity units are constructed of steel. The smaller units, from two cubic feet to 24-cubic feet, are constructed of aluminum.

All systems are equipped with a two-port or 4-port regulator and an easier to read top mounted, flow adjustment control. The design features quick-disconnect ports for either cannula or masks.

Klemm reports that the company will continue production in the recently expanded facility located in an industrial park of Edwardsburg, Michigan located in southwest Michigan. She concluded by saying, “I am truly thankful to Walt for his continued support and counsel during this transition period of the company.”

Source: SkyOx

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