If it weren't for Wesco Aircraft Hardware, airplanes would be falling apart at the seams. The company distributes a wide range of aerospace components, including bearings, fasteners, fittings, hardware, and installation tooling from a long list of suppliers. Wesco can ship components together as kits to simplify inventory control and to speed production operations. Its Airtechnics division distributes electro-mechanical and interconnect products for general, commercial, and defense aviation. The aerospace supply company also offers inventory management services.
The company has 42 operating locations in 12 countries, including in the US and Canada and across Europe.
Wesco claims the world’s widest inventory of aerospace parts (500,000 different stock keeping units, including hardware, bearings, tools, electronic components and machined parts).
Sales and Marketing
The company has more than 7,200 customers worldwide, and is an authorized distributor for major aerospace hardware manufacturers. Its customers range from leading aerospace OEM and their subcontractors, to MROs, ground support, and government purchasing entities.
Mergers and Acquisitions
In 2012, Wesco acquired Toronto-based specialty fastener distributor Interfast for $134 million. Wesco looked to the deal to accelerate growth in North America and Asia, strengthen relationships with a number of strategic aerospace customers, and allow Wesco to move into new lines such as specialty industrial products.
The company is the major operating subsidiary of Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Wesco was founded in 1953.
California-based aerospace hardware distributor Airtechnics was acquired in 2008 and integrated into Wesco as a division. The acquisition gave Wesco a solid platform in the aerospace market. In addition to interconnect (connectors) and electromechanical products (relays, switches, and circuit protection), Airtechnics also offers lamps and LED lighting products for the aviation industry.