Continental Motors Group Ltd., an AVIC International Holding Corp. company, recently announced its operating division, Southern Avionics and Interiors, will relocate to the H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport in Fairhope from its current location at Brookley Aeroplex. The goal of the move is to integrate maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) across divisions, according to a news release.

“Our vision, when we acquired the assets of Southern Avionics two years ago, was to establish a one-stop shop covering all of the needs of the general aviation pilot/owner — engine repair, aircraft maintenance, avionics installations and interior upgrades,” Bill Stromberg, Continental Motors Group vice president, MRO, said. “Continental Motors Services and Southern Avionics were already working closely together. The ability to work multiple maintenance activities in parallel by having all work done at a single location will reduce both customer cost and downtime,” he said.  

Southern Avionics and Interiors will move a few minutes away from its original location, where Continental Motors Services has its main base of operations for piston engine and general aviation aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. The Continental Motors Services facility in Fairhope currently includes three maintenance hangars and its recently refurbished 25,000-square-foot MRO facility.

All nine personnel employed at the Mobile facility are expected to also relocate to the Fairhope site for work that is situated near an active 6,600-square-foot runway with instrument approaches, allowing access to the airport for aircraft of various sizes.

“We will continue to offer services such as legacy avionics bench repairs, pilot/static certifications and also specialized services, such as RVSM certification, database and software upgrades, service bulletin compliance and proprietary STC installations,” Stromberg said.

Southern Avionics also offers design services for new or refurbished instrument panels, CNC cutting, powder coating and silk screening of main or subpanels for all aircraft, from the smallest planes to large business jets, according to Stromberg AVIC International Holding Corp. was established in 1979, with majority shares owned by Aviation Industries of China. Headquartered in Beijing, the company has more than 100,000 employees across 400 subsidiaries and is located in more than 60 countries. More information can be found on the company’s website. 

Continental Motors Group Ltd. of Hong Kong, China, is a subsidiary of AVIC. Its mission is to provide advanced gasoline and jet fuel piston engine products, spare parts, avionics equipment and repairs as well as pilot training for the general aviation marketplace. Continental employs some 570 people in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

WCST creates website for Spielberg organization
We Can’t Stop Thinking (WCST), a design and development company with offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Mobile, has created a new website for the Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF), a Los Angeles-based organization focused on funding innovative approaches that strengthen Jewish identity and community through arts, culture and media.

RPF was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg with his portion of the profits from the film “Schindler’s List.” Since its inception, RPF has granted more than $100 million to efforts that ensure new generations draw upon the moral lessons of the Holocaust. The new site allows visitors to follow the progress of these projects through news and updates as well as explore grantee archives.

“Showcasing the Righteous Persons Foundation’s rich history and significant community impact was our main goal with the new site,” Rich Sullivan, CEO of WCST, said. “We accomplished just that by creating an interactive and photographic timeline where users can scroll through the organization’s milestones and easily search through projects.”

The design of the site focuses on Jewish media and arts. Its new functionality provides prospective grantee applicants with the resources and tools needed to apply for funding. RPF supports grantees in an effort to build and support a meaningful and relevant Jewish community.

WCST has a client roster that includes Patagonia, Warner Brothers, DDB, Swell and Discovery Communications. The group’s work has been awarded and recognized by FWA, CSS Design Awards, Communications Arts and Awwwards.

RPF’s goal is the dissemination of Jewish values of justice and responsibility to inspire social activism; the power of storytelling as used to connect people of different backgrounds and nationalities; and ensuring that the next generation of Jews are empowered and engaged. For more information, visit righteouspersonsfoundation.com.

Meeks named Mobile Commercial Investment Real Estate Club president
Stirling Properties’ senior sales and leasing executive, Jill Meeks, has been appointed president of the Mobile Commercial Investment Real Estate Club. She assumed duties in December and will serve in the position for one year.

The club is a networking group for industry professionals to exchange ideas, insight and data on marketing regarding commercial and investment property. Club goals include promoting professionalism, cooperation and education in commercial, investment and exchange transactions.

As club president, Meeks’ responsibilities will include running the meetings and arranging for speakers to attend and present educational opportunities for the members. Meetings occur every Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Mobile Area Association of Realtors.

“The Mobile Commercial Investment Real Estate Club provides tremendous resources for both beginning and experienced real estate professionals, and it’s a great tool to network and meet others in the industry,” Meeks said. “As president of the club, I hope to be able to generate more interest and participation by arranging for various speakers from the community to attend our meetings that will be beneficial to members.”

Meeks has been active in the commercial real estate industry for more than 27 years. Her areas of focus include office and retail leasing, commercial sales, and landlord and tenant representation. She oversees the property management of more than 400,000 square feet of retail and office space in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Meeks is based in Stirling Properties’ Mobile office, located at One St. Louis Centre, 1 St. Louis St., Suite 4100. For club membership and information, Meeks can be reached at [email protected].

CORRECTION: This article originally stated 500 employees of Continental Motors would be moving to the Fairhope location. Only Southern Avionics employees (nine, not 500) and those capabilities will be moving to Fairhope. Southern Avionics specializes in avionics installations and repairs, instrument panel fabrication, interior design and refurbishment. Only the previously mentioned capabilities will be moving to Fairhope. The engine manufacturing line will remain in Mobile, Alabama in the Brookley Aeroplex. This move will enable Continental Motors Services to provide a better service to customers in one location instead of asking them to stop in Fairhope to service their engine in our maintenance shop and then fly to Mobile to do avionics and interiors work.