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Lektro Airplane Tug History

LEKTRO Since 1945 The History LEKTRO founded as Willamette Aircraft & Engine Company in Beaverton, Oregon 1945 Company relocated to Astoria, Oregon. First portable wind machine 1949 for slash burns. First battery-driven vehicle to feed mink. First electric golf cart. Constructed antenna for first cable TV transmission in First electric sauna bath in the world. the United States. Modified mink feeder to First electric towbarless aircraft tug. produce a chicken feeder. First electric towbarless 1967 aircraft tug. LEKTRO transformed a Mink Cart into a small electric forklift. LEKTRO redesigned the "Airporter" and began an extensive marketing campaign. Produced first custom warehouse vehicle for General Motors. GM Eric Paulson became president of LEKTRO, Inc. LEKTRO began providing assistance to the National Business Aviation Association and became the organization' sofficial tow vehicle. Developed a special chassis for major theme parks. Designed and produced 50,000 lb. capacity tow geared to handle mid- range corporate aircraft. Designed and produced 100,000 lb. capacity tow with feedback from Gulfstream. 1992 100,000 lbs. LEKTRO designed and produced its 8,000 lb, capacity tow. All GM facilities convert to LEKTRO pick vehicles. Completed record year with sales reaching $6 million. Introduced tug for the U.S. military and the commercial airline industry. Plus, .. president Eric Paulson was named Oregon's Small Business Person of the Year by the SBA. LEKTRO named Oregon's Exporter of the Year, plus became preferred tow vehicle for nearly every regional airline in North America. Tug sales increased by almost 50%. Introduced a new model tug capable of towing aircraft up to 180,000 lbs. 1998 Largest single order ever received from GM for nearly 250 custom warehouse vehicles and American Eagle and ASA selected LEKTRO Inc. as their tow vehicle. First contract with U.S. Navy. Sales exceed $10 million. LEKTRO named Preferred Vendor of the Year by American Eagle and sales reach over $12 million. LEKTRO delivered its 2,500th unit to 2005 satisfied customer United Airlines and celebrates 60 years in business, plus plant-expansion groundbreaking ceremony with Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. Annual sales exceed $15 million. 2,500 tugs... April 19, LEKTRO representatives installed the 3,000th LEKTRO tug LEKTRO continues to build and sell tugs for personal and commercial aircraft. Tugs continue to hold to the LEKTRO quality standard. 2013 Onward and Forward to the future of LEKTRO... Infographic by for For more information on web services, visit

Lektro Airplane Tug History

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