Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico announced Monday that seven local suppliers have been contracted initially to serve several critical needs of the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul project in Aguadilla. The aggregate value of these contracts is approximately $550,000 annually.
“These suppliers’ contracts are part of the many multiplier effects that Lufthansa Technik is already having in the local economy,” said explained Antonio Medina-Comas, executive director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, which worked with Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company on business initiatives to develop an ecosystem around Lufthansa’s Aguadilla facility.
“With the start of operations in the upcoming weeks, the benefits of this project for Puerto Rico will become more visible and additional business opportunities in the region and the sector will emerge,” Medina-Comas said.
The suppliers engaged to provide direct services to Lufthansa Technik are AMCORP, Inc., AKM Manufacturing, VibrAnalysis, Inc. and Western Aviation Service Corp. These companies will provide machine shop related works, non-destructive testing and towing, toilet, water and fueling services. Furthermore, Genesis Security Services Inc., Integrated Design Solution and HCC Facility & Utilities were awarded contracts to provide security, furniture and moving services, respectively.
The local suppliers contracted by Lufthansa Technik were part of a larger group that completed the Request for Information (RFI) process led by PRIDCO and Puerto Rico Trade, which generated 316 profiles from 209 companies, providing Lufthansa with a broad overview of available resources.
“It validates that local companies have the capacity to provide quality services and products to meet specialized needs. Lufthansa is still selecting companies. Therefore, business opportunities will continue to arise in this growing industry in Puerto Rico,” said Puerto Rico Trade Executive director Francisco Chévere.
From the start of the planning phase, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico’s approach has been to hire qualified local suppliers for most of their needs, company officials said.
“Arriving in Puerto Rico with a standardized approach on supply chain management, it was a great and refreshing experience to work with our local partners to finalize this process from the RFI up until signing of the contracts,” said Elmar Lutter, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico.
“We’re now eager to start our operation and see how all the work we and our partners put in, falls into its place to serve our customers,” he said.
Lufthansa Technik’s facility in Aguadilla is in the final stages of completion, authorities have performed the necessary audits, and the team is ready to receive the first aircraft, executives said.