The STS Story…

STS was founded back in 1985 with a very simple focus, which was to provide MRO (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul) facilities temporary staffing services for aircraft mechanics. At the time of our inception, no other staffing company in the world supported this niche, a fact that made us the clear-cut industry leader.

Today, STS has a much different look and feel then it did back in 1985. Although one of the company’s primary focuses remains staffing and recruiting aircraft maintenance technicians, that focus has given way to a much broader menu of service offerings.

The Day Everything Changed

When the events of 9/11 occurred, there were few industries hit as hard as aviation. There were many reasons that event took such a large toll on the industry, but regardless of those reasons, the landscape we were operating in was forever changed on that fateful day.

Led by the legacy carriers, aviation began to experience a large number of bankruptcies and structural overhauls. Demand for aircraft technicians fell to almost zero after and many found themselves jobless.

The events of September 11th seemed to make a very fragile industry even more so as it struggled to stay afloat. Because STS was a niche-based operation, it took the hit of the industry downturn very hard. In the months following the attacks, our team decided that STS could no longer survive being an aircraft mechanic staffing service selling to the MRO industry exclusively.

A few months after 9/11, the idea for STS Aviation Group was conceived. We began to brainstorm on how we could leverage the great network of support we already had in the aviation industry and soon asked ourselves, “How could we use that support to springboard new service offerings to our current customers?”

Expanded Focus

During this period of rebranding, STS decided to expand its focus to support current customers with staffing services for engineers. Soon after, we began selling those services to other aviation companies that did not use our mechanic staffing business. These new relationships quickly paved a path for outsourced engineering services, which we took on gladly.

The engineering services that we were now offering quickly outpaced the engineering staffing side of things. As STS began supporting engineering services 24/7 for airlines needing line support and repairs for damaged aircraft, the relationships we began to forge gave our company the opportunity to supply new airline partners with actual line maintenance support, which started out with one location and quickly grew to more than a dozen.

Period of Growth

STS’ staffing services, engineering solutions and line maintenance support all continued to grow as the aviation industry came back to life. Legacy airlines restructured to be more competitive by offering low cost carriers, and “outsourcing” wasn’t such a dirty word anymore. As STS was helping its customers become more efficient and more profitable by taking on “non-core” functions, we allowed our clients to focus on doing what they do best.

As the aviation industry continued to mature, STS' relationships began to grow stronger and our company’s brand started to reap the benefits of increased visibility and recognition. Because of this, we began to attract the best and brightest in the industry, and our staff grew by hiring the “who’s who" of the aviation world.

Onward and Upward

In the early part of the millennium, company revenue began to grow alongside our business offerings, and that’s when STS started to dabble in small acquisitions. Mostly opportunistic deals proved prime pickings for STS among companies that were either short on management, money or both. STS acquired several companies between 2004 and 2008 during what we would call a period of substantial growth.

In 2008, there was an opportunity for an acquisition of a very successful airframe components business. At the time, we were very familiar and impressed with the current management/ownership team that wanted to come with the business, and that’s when STS Component Solutions was formed. Focusing on the worldwide 737NG fleet, the timing was right for us to make the acquisition, and this new division fit right in with the rest of the service offerings of STS Aviation Group.

Today and into the Future

Today, STS Aviation Group continues to grow in a direction that allows us to best support our customers. We now have a significant international presence with operations in the US, UK, Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey and Brazil. The future continues to look bright for our company, and we cannot wait to see what it holds in store.