BROOKSVILLE — NAC Dynamics, an airport safety equipment manufacturer at the Hernando County Airport Industrial Park, has been awarded a $2 million contract to produce equipment that will be used in 32 airports in Turkey.
According to company owner Tim Neubert, NAC Dynamics will work in partnership with the Yacizi Co. of Turkey and will also establish a service center in Istanbul to provide mechanical and training support to airport operators.
Having a presence in the region will be a plus for the company as it considers ways to further expand its overseas market, Neubert said.
"Until now, we mainly concentrated our efforts here in the U.S.," he said. "Having a service facility there will ensure that we'll be there at least 10 years."
Over the past decade, NAC Dynamics has become a leading global manufacturer of friction measuring devices, which are used to evaluate runway surface conditions to prevent aircraft overruns during inclement weather.
In 2009, the Clearwater company opened a 10,000-square-foot facility at the Hernando County Airport to house both its manufacturing and its research and development operations, as well as its sales and marketing division, Neubert Aero Corp. The company also built a 1,500-foot performance track at the airport that is used to test the calibration of friction-testing equipment.
The company is one of about 150 aircraft-related businesses at the airport complex.
Neubert said the company currently employs about eight full-time employees, but is slated to add at least 10 more workers as work ramps up.
That's positive news for an area starving for higher-wage jobs, said Michael McHugh, Hernando County's director of business development. "It's definitely exciting news," McHugh said. "This is a high-tech company that makes a product that's in high demand. Hopefully that demand is going to continue to grow."
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