AAR began as a vision and a venture, a small entrepreneurial enterprise providing equipment for the newly emerging commercial aviation industry. Today, AAR is a global provider of aviation services to the global aerospace and defense industry. The Company’s successful track record can be attributed to AAR’s close-to-the-customer approach, the entrepreneurial spirit of our people and the solid foundation of our past.
Chicago native Ira A. Eichner founds I.A. Allen Industrial Sales. The Company supplies radio and other equipment
to the fledgling commercial aviation industry.
The Company is incorporated and moves to an office in downtown Chicago.
The Company changes its name to Allen Aircraft Radio and relocates to Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
The Company moves into a new facility in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, expanding warehouse space and establishing an
on-site FAA repair station specializing in avionics and instruments.
The Company opens Allen Airmotive in Amsterdam to provide spare parts and services to the European aviation community.
The operation is later renamed AAR Aircraft Component Services – Amsterdam.
Allen Aircraft Radio, Inc. goes public with an over-the-counter share price of $10, raising $1 million. The Company’s
market capitalization reaches $5.3 million.
The Company changes its name to AAR CORP.
AAR acquires Aircraftsmen, an aircraft maintenance business at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City. Later, the Company
adds four more hangars and changes the name to AAR Aircraft Services – Oklahoma.
The Company’s stock is listed on the American Stock Exchange.
AAR acquires Airponents, Inc. and Standair, Inc. and merges these two repair companies with Mars Aircraft Radio,
forming AAR Technical Service Center. The business is later renamed Aircraft Component Services – New York.
AAR is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
AAR acquires Brooks & Perkins, Inc., a manufacturer of in air-cargo systems and mobility products, increasing the
Company’s presence in military markets.
AAR opens an office in Singapore to serve customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
AAR Aircraft Turbine Center is created to expand the Company’s presence in the aircraft engine business.
The Company enters the high technology F-15 and F-16 component repair business expanding its customer base to
include the Dutch Air Force, the U.S. Air Force, Europe and NATO.
AAR acquires a landing gear overhaul and exchange business in Miami, FL, creating AAR Landing Gear Services.
AAR Cadillac Manufacturing provides rapid deployment equipment for allied forces during Operation Desert Storm.
AAR is listed on the Chicago Stock Exchange.
David P. Storch becomes the second CEO in the Company’s history.
AAR moves its corporate headquarters and several of its major business units to a new 250,000 square foot facility in Wood
AAR acquires ATR International, a manufacturer of specialty composite structures, and renames it AAR Composites.
The Company acquires Cooper Aviation Industries and AVSCO and combines them to create AAR Distribution.
AAR opens AAR Aircraft Services – Roswell, a new maintenance, tear down and storage facility in New Mexico.
AAR leases the world-class Indianapolis Maintenance Center (IMC), located at Indianapolis International Airport, expanding
its aircraft maintenance capabilities.
AAR establishes a landing gear repair facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
David P. Storch is named Chairman and CEO of AAR CORP.
AAR opens a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Goldsboro, North Carolina to build A400M cargo systems and
AAR acquires Reebaire Aircraft, Inc. a regional jet MRO provider in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
AAR acquires Brown International, a Huntsville, Alabama, defense contractor adding communications integration capabilities.
AAR acquires SUMMA Technology, Inc., a provider of precision machining, fabrication and engineering services to defense,
general and commercial markets.
AAR Acquires Avborne Heavy Maintenance, Inc., an MRO provider based at Miami International Airport.
AAR acquires Aviation Worldwide Services, adding airlift services and expanding its aircraft modification capabilities.
AAR acquires London based international component repair management provider, Airinmar.
AAR acquires Telair and Nordisk, elevating the Company’s position as a Tier-1 cargo solutions supplier.
AAR opens a new 188,000 square-foot aircraft maintenance facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
AAR is ranked as the No. 1 MRO in North America and No. 3 in the world.
AAR opens a new 520,000 square-foot aircraft maintenance facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
AAR opens a new 238,000 square-foot aircraft maintenance facility with two 10-story hangar bays in Rockford, Illinois.