Legacy - From
Beech Aerospace Services, Inc. (BASI) to L-3 Vertex Aerospace:
L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC originally began
as an internal department of Beech Aircraft of Wichita, Kansas, to provide
after-sale maintenance/supply support for Beech products sold to the U.S.
Dept. of Defense.
In 1977, Beech Aerospace Services, Inc. (BASI) was
established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Beech Aircraft of Wichita,
Kansas. At its time of incorporation, BASI provided maintenance and supply
support for the C-12 Tri-Services fleet, the Navy T-34 and T-44
pilot-training aircraft and the Army Missile Target Program.
In 1979, BASI moved its
headquarters from Wichita to Jackson, Mississippi.
In 1980, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) purchased Beech
Aircraft and its subsidiaries, including BASI. Beech Aircraft and BASI
continued to operate under their former names, but with the tagline:
"Beech Aircraft, a Raytheon company" and "BASI, a Raytheon
In 1989, BASI moved its headquarters a few miles north of
Jackson to Madison, Mississippi.
At the Madison
facility, the company operates two certified FAA repair stations, and
performs a host of home-office administrative functions, such as contract
administration, proposal development, program management, strategic
planning and administration, information technology, purchasing,
warehousing, human resources, finance and payroll.
In 1995, Raytheon Company asked that all its subsidiaries
adopt the Raytheon name. Beech Aircraft changed to Raytheon Aircraft
Company and BASI changed to Raytheon Aerospace Company, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Raytheon Aircraft Company.
Also in 1995, Raytheon Company acquired E-Systems, including its'
subsidiary company, ServAir. Raytheon Aerospace Company acquired ServAir.
On June 27, 2001, Raytheon Company divested 73.5% of its interest
in Raytheon Aerospace to Veritas Capital, a private equity investment firm
based in New York.
Raytheon Company retained the remaining 26.5% ownership. The new,
stand-alone company became Raytheon Aerospace LLC. This divestiture
included a two-year agreement for Raytheon Aerospace to continue using the
On June 20, 2003, Per the divestiture agreement with Raytheon Company,
Raytheon Aerospace LLC changed its name to Vertex Aerospace LLC
On Dec. 1,
2003, Vertex was aquired by
L-3 Communications Corporation (NYSE: LLL). The company is now called L-3
Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC (L-3 Vertex.) †L-3 Vertex remains based in Madison, Mississippi
and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications, and is part of
L-3ís Integrated Systems Group.
L-3 Vertex contacts:
and Supplier Inquiries
Media Inquiries and Corporate
Past employment verifications:
Fax written requests to: (601)
L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC
555 Industrial Drive South
Madison, MS 39110 USA