LOCATION: 6110 N. Flint Road, Milwaukee, WI 53209
WEB SITE: www.s3international.com
YEAR FOUNDED: 2005
PRODUCT OR SERVICE OFFERED: Aircraft spare parts and repairs.
PROJECTED 2008 REVENUE: $5 million
LEADERSHIP TEAM: Jeff Wnuk, president; Aksel Sidem, general manager; and Seb Astien Imbert, vice president of sales.
TARGET CLIENTELE: International foreign military, international and domestic airlines and maintenance facilities.
BUSINESS ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS: N/A
WHAT HAS FUELED YOUR COMPANY’S GROWTH? Listening to the customer and acting on behalf of our customers to provide economical, versatile and timely solutions to their requirements.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO YOUR COMPANY’S GROWTH? Difficulty in finding skilled labor and financial resources.
Do you plan any changes in your company in the upcoming months? We are planning to add a couple new major customers that should increase our annual sales by 30-40-percent.
Who are the business people, locally or nationally, whom you admire? And what traits do those people exhibit that make you admire them? Being an entrepreneur requires a tremendous amount of courage, confidence, effort, innovation and energy. It involves risk and dedication. We admire those who have been through the process and preserved.
What is the outlook for the business conditions of your industry over the next several months? The outlook for the upcoming years in the aerospace aftermarket industry is very promising. In civil aircraft, a lot of emerging countries are developing their air transport and air cargo structure. The demand for logistical spares and maintenance support is booming. On the military side, a lot of foreign military operators are not replacing their aircraft fleet due to budget cutbacks and lack of funding. Instead they are maintaining their existing, aging fleet. This necessitates a spares and repairs support structure such as the services offered by S3 International.