2012 / 2013 Aircraft Spruce by Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co.

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aircraft spruce specialty co the foundation for what is now aircraft spruce specialty co dates to the summer of 1956 when flo and bob irwin founded fullerton air parts at fullerton municipal airport in southern california bob born and raised in kansas city mo a pilot since the 1940 s and active in the cap and other aviation groups knew airplanes and the parts that were needed to keep them flying flo a native of rochester new york had no aviation background but learned the business quickly and knew what it would take to keep customers coming back fair prices and good service fullerton air parts grew into one of the largest retail aircraft parts suppliers in the western states during the next nine years in 1965 bob and flo irwin sold the business and founded another one which sold only one product aircraft grade spruce lumber for aircraft construction and restoration aircraft spruce co quickly added more products to its small catalog and adopted the name aircraft spruce specialty co with a goal to offer everything pilots and aircraft builders need as aircraft spruce served more customers and more and more products were added staff grew from 2 in 1965 to over 150 today jim irwin bob and flo s older son grew up in the business working in jobs such as cutting metal and spruce pulling and shipping orders and managing kit programs such as the vari-eze back in 1975 while still in college graduating from california state university at fullerton in 1978 with a degree in business administration marketing jim acquired the company and became president in 1980 jim s wife nanci who graduated with an accounting degree from the university of southern california in 1977 is vice-president and works full time managing the company s accounting and data processing departments jim irwin has logged over 4000 hours as a multi-engine instrument rated pilot since 1976 and nanci irwin is a licensed private pilot as well they fly the company cessna 425 extensively on business throughout the southwest jim and nanci irwin have four children 3 boys 1 girl who are in their 20 s and 30 s the three boys mike jeff and rob are all members of the aircraft spruce management team mike and jeff are pilots and fly the company s navion rangemaster flo and bob irwin along with jim s younger brother john moved to lake havasu city arizona in the fall of 1983 and founded acs products co which manufactures a line of products which is distributed by aircraft spruce flo irwin passed away on june 10 1989 but the legacy of this warm outgoing and talented businesswoman lives on in the businesses she founded and built to serve the aviation community john irwin his wife frances and bob irwin now manage the acs products co operation bob irwin is an instrument rated pilot with more than 2000 hours logged and based his 1968 navion rangemaster at lake havasu city until may 2000 when bob retired as a pilot after fifty years of flying and moved the navion to chino airport for his grandchildren to fly prior to acquiring the rangemaster in 1976 bob owned a vultee bt-13b and a 1949 ryan navion aircraft spruce was housed in downtown fullerton ca from its founding in 1965 until late 1997 the last 24 years in fullerton the company was operated in a historic fullerton former citrus packing house which we eventually outgrew in the fall of 1997 aircraft spruce moved to a new 62,000 square foot facility in corona california in the spring of 2004 aircraft spruce east moved to a new 56,000 sq ft facility in peachtree city ga from its old home in griffin ga aircraft spruce canada was opened in toronto in december 2006 and moved to a new facility at brantford airport in ontario in late 2008 we are proud of the tradition of our company that now dates back some 50 years and are pleased to have had the opportunity to help aviators around the world build the plane of their dreams our growth from a single room in 1965 to 120,000 square feet in three facilities that we have today has been a direct result of the loyalty and patronage of our customers our goal is to continue to provide the very best in products prices and customer service to our friends in the years to come a company history bob and flo irwin 201 west truslow ave fullerton ca home of aircraft spruce from 1973 to 1997 present home of aircraft spruce west 225 airport circle corona ca present home of aircraft spruce east 452 dividend drive peachtree city ga celebrating 47 years of service to aviation 1965 ­ 2012 2 aircraft spruce west corona ca · 877 4-spruce aircraft spruce east peachtree city ga · 877 477-7823 prices subject to change without notice