Airborne Systems Announces Realignment Initiative

    PENNSAUKEN, N.J., April 2 /CNW/ -- Airborne Systems Group, which has
combined the world's leading parachute brands specializing in aerial delivery,
rescue and survival equipment, and engineering services announced the
organizational realignment of its operation centers.  The new structure will
align the company brands of Irvin Aerospace, Irvin-GQ, Irvin Canada,
Para-Flite and AML into two divisions; Airborne Systems North America and
Airborne Systems Europe.
    "Airborne Systems remains a market leader in each of its primary business
segments and each segment has a positive long-term outlook," said Elek Puskas,
CEO of Airborne Systems.  "Due to our growth in the space, military parachute
and aerospace businesses and with the evolution of these markets, we have
initiated a company-wide organizational realignment to support the changing
needs of our customers.  We expect the realignment of our business units to
have a positive impact on productivity, quality and customer service.  These
changes are intended to improve our global competitiveness and provide our
customers with the highest quality of products and services."
    Airborne Systems has manufacturing facilities in Pennsauken, NJ, Santa
Ana, CA, Belleville Ontario Canada, and Llangeinor, Wales in the U.K.
According to Puskas, the realignment will not have any affect on the number of
manufacturing facilities and was implemented to eliminate duplication of
activities currently performed at each of the sites.  As a result of these
actions, the company expects to further increase cross fertilization between
the research and engineering teams and improve its customer account focus
through the realignment of its sales organization.
    "Our newly aligned organization will allow Airborne Systems to operate as
a single global company with a customer centric focus," said Puskas.  "For
almost a century, our company has compiled an unprecedented track record of
setting milestones that demonstrate scope of capability, quality of product
and successful performance, and the future looks even brighter."

    About Airborne Systems
    Airborne Systems has combined the core technologies of four of the
world's leading parachute brands; Irvin Aerospace, GQ Parachutes, Para-Flite
and AML (Aircraft Materials, Ltd).  Airborne Systems is a world leader in the
design, development, and manufacture of best-of-class parachutes for military,
personnel, and cargo systems, space and air vehicle recovery systems, and
deceleration systems for high-performance aircraft.  The company also provides
ordnance flare chutes, airbags, and weapons delivery systems.  Airborne
Systems' North American headquarters is located in Pennsauken, NJ and Airborne
Systems Europe is headquartered in Llangeinor, Wales in the U.K.  Information
about the various Airborne Systems products and services can be found on the
World Wide Web at

For further information:

For further information: Gary Calvaneso, Executive Vice President, 
Marketing of Airborne Systems Group, +1-949-933-8247, Web Site:

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