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West Virginia aviation propels toward expansion

Engine Management Specialist in Clarksburg is expanding in a $1 million project. Tim Critchfield, president and owner of Engine Management Specialist, discusses the project during an announcement on June 24. (Photo Provided)

CLARKSBURG — An aviation company in West Virginia is expanding.

Engine Management Specialist of Clarksburg in a new business, Turbine Engine Component Services, will process individual parts from aircraft engines and recertify them under an FAA/OEM standard, company officials announced this month.

Project cost is about $1 million. The project includes a new 40,000 square foot facility on W.Va. 19 south of Clarksburg.

Representatives of the company, participating banks and the community attended a celebration of the projcet on June 24.

“It is a privilege to showcase the work of our organization today and to announce our expansion plans for the organization,” Engine Management Specialist owner and President Tim Critchfield said. “This is more than a celebration for us. Today’s events highlight the work of our team and our ability to provide vital resources to the turbine engine industry. I am really proud of what our team has been able to accomplish.”

Engine Management Specilist was established in 2003 and has facilities in Clarksburg and Bridgeport. It is an industry expert on Pratt and Whitney jet turbine engines including turbofan, turboprop and turboshaft engines, and has extensive experience with providing significant turbine engine work and managing major turbine engine events.

The announcement included an appearance of Rebecca Romero Rainey, president and CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America President and CEO. The annual convention of the Community Bankers of West Virginia was held in Roanoke.

Participating financial institutions included Clear Mountain Bank and FHLBank Pittsburgh that provided a portion of the funding to finance the purchase of real estate for the new business through its Banking On Business program for qualified small businesses access to secondary loans that supplement the primary loans made by FHLBank member financial institutions. Clear Mountain Bank, a member of FHLBank Pittsburgh, secured the B.O.B. funding and provided additional financing to support the businesses’ operations.

“We are committed to working with our community-focused member financial institutions and local leaders to support organization expansion and job growth, like that of EMS,” Winthrop Watson, president and CEO of FHLBank Pittsburgh, said. “Community banks serve a key role in the community and local economy, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see the support that Clear Mountain Bank has been able to provide EMS. Communities thrive when local businesses thrive.”

Clear Mountain Bank is committed to small businesses in communities and the EMS relationship is “a shining example of why we do what we do,” David M. Thomas, president and CEO of Clear Mountain Bank, said.

“Through our long-standing partnership with FHLBank Pittsburgh, we are proud to have played a vital role in helping EMS to grow its business and expand its workforce, which will provide tremendous benefits to the local community and the state of West Virginia for years to come,” Thomas said.

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