The regions competitive talent pool and opportunities drive H.E.R.O.S.’ decision to leave California
H.E.R.O.S. Inc., an industry leader in repairing and overhauling helicopter engines, is relocating its headquarters from Santa Clarita, Calif. to Chandler, Ariz. The company will occupy nearly 19,000-square-feet of industrial space at 10 Chandler, located at 560 N. 54th St. H.E.R.O.S. Inc. plans to create 25 new jobs in the Chandler community and expects to be fully operational by the winter of 2019.
“Over the past year, we’ve explored several buildings and opportunities. In the end, we found our home in Chandler. The City of Chandler provides excellent business opportunities and has a deep footprint of aviation industries,” says Raffi Kajberouni, vice president at H.E.R.O.S. Inc. “We’re excited to be part of that elite group of businesses that are succeeding in Chandler!”
“We are happy to welcome H.E.R.O.S. to the West Chandler employment corridor and our thriving business community,” stated Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “They will have access to a talented workforce and we wish them many years of success in Chandler.”
Kajberouni touted Arizona’s talent pipeline, favorable tax rates and low operational costs as reasons that persuaded the company to leave Santa Clarita after more than 30 years in the market. With significant cost savings, moving its headquarters to Chandler allows the company to efficiently scale and enhance operations, while still being accessible and committed to its broad customer base.
"The aerospace industry has been a cornerstone of the Greater Phoenix economy for decades,” says Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “While H.E.R.O.S Inc. started in California in 1988, the rest of their success story will be told in Greater Phoenix, and we’re excited to support their continued growth."
Since its founding, H.E.R.O.S. Inc. has specialized in the repair, service and testing of helicopter engines, specifically the Rolls Royce Model 250. With its relocation to West Chandler’s employment corridor, the company will join other notable local employers in the aerospace and aviation industry like AvAir, TurbineAero and Northrop Grumman.
“H.E.R.O.S Inc.’s selection of Arizona is evidence that our state’s value proposition continues to resonate with companies seeking skilled talent, affordable operating costs and an unmatched quality of life for employees,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Arizona is a leader in the aerospace and defense industry, thanks to investments from companies like H.E.R.O.S. Inc. We thank them for their commitment and look forward to welcoming them into our community.”
Chad Neppl of Cresa represented H.E.R.O.S. Inc. in the lease term negotiations with the 10 Chandler team, represented by Jackie Orcutt and Evan Koplan with CBRE.
H.E.R.O.S. Inc. plans to hire employees in roles ranging from A&P technicians, engineering to management. Learn more about the company’s current openings.
About H.E.R.O.S. Inc.
The establishment of Helicopter Engine Repair and Overhaul Services, Inc (H.E.R.O.S. Inc.) presented operators from all sectors the unique opportunity to enjoy one-on-one, customized, quality engine repair & overhaul services for the Model 250 Series of engines & accessories. Ever since Heros Kajberouni opened the doors in 1988, both single ship and large fleet operators have grown to depend upon our quality workmanship, competitive pricing & superior customer service.
About City of Chandler
Chandler, Ariz. has built a reputation as a Community of Innovation. Life in Chandler goes beyond a thriving and dynamic business community with progressive entrepreneurship. Known for its rich diversity, the City offers an outstanding quality of life for all generations with great schools and recreational opportunities. Chandler has grown to become the state's fourth largest City with a population of more than 260,000. Chandler has been named one of the nation's Best Places to Find a Job and Best Cities for Women in Tech. The City also is one of the safest communities in the nation and boasts AAA bond ratings from all three national rating agencies, one of only 40 communities to achieve this distinction. For more information, visit the City website, or connect with the City on social media.
About Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Established in 1989, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) actively works to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix. As the regional economic development organization, GPEC works with 22-member communities, Maricopa County and more than 160 private investors to accomplish its mission, and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate. Consistently ranked as a top national economic development organization, GPEC’s approach to connectivity extends beyond the fabric of the community. Known as The Connected Place, Greater Phoenix is in a relentless pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial technology-focused companies that are committed to changing the game. As a result, GPEC has fueled the regional economy by bringing more than 740 locates, by creating more than 130,000 jobs and has contributed a capital investment of $14.8 billion over the past 30 years. For more information, visit the GPEC website or follow GPEC on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit the Arizona Commerce Authority website and follow the ACA on Twitter.
SVP, MarComm, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Raffi H. Kajberouni
Vice President, H.E.R.O.S. Inc.
Public Information Officer, City of Chandler