COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) is continued the tradition of honoring those individuals or entities that go above and beyond for airports and aviation in Ohio. At the OAA’s 2021 Annual Conference, held virtually this week, select awards were presented and new board members were welcomed as well.
The 2021 Airport Business of the Year award is LGSTX Services. Inc., the contracted operator of Wilmington Air Park on behalf of the Clinton County Port Authority.
The award recognizes a business with a mission, services, and goals that result in a positive impact on a community, workforce, and local airport. This year’s award recipient has helped propel Ohio’s aviation and airport industry forward by performing its core mission and operations exceedingly well.
Wilmington Air Park (KILN) is a center of economic development for the region and currently the highest-volume freight airport in Ohio. With an airport that has nearly 2,000 acres, two runways that can land nearly anything that flies, plus nearly 2.8 million square feet of facility space on the property, it takes a special company to keep the operations going day and night.
They have played an instrumental role in the efforts to secure the return of air cargo operations to KILN and they serve as a great partner in the planning and continued development at the airport. A team of 30 talented and devoted workers focus exclusively on supporting KILN every day and their hard work shows.
“LGSTX’s expertise and commitment to aviation, air cargo operations, and Ohio, is clear every day,” said Stacey Heaton, Executive Director of the Ohio Aviation Association. “Ohio’s proximity to the US population provides a great opportunity for aviation and freight logistics and we are lucky to have LGSTX Services here to help.”
Commenting on the recognition, Daniel Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority, said, “We truly appreciate the work the LGSTX team does, daily, to ensure the Wilmington Air Park is open, running smoothly, and growing. Their breadth and depth of knowledge about the airport is invaluable, and they genuinely care about what is best for its success.”
Jeremy Heard, Director of Airports, Facility Maintenance/Safety/Environmental/Training for LGSTX Services, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
“The LGSTX Services team works hard every day, on every facet of the airport facility – from grounds to facilities to navigational aids to equipment and more,” said Heard. “We appreciate the partnership with the Port Authority to continue to ensure the success of the businesses at the airport.”
The 2021 Airport of the Year went to Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, and the 2021 Legislator of the Year to Adam Holmes (R-District 97).