Flying Colours appoints Dave Stewart as VP & GM of its St Louis facility

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Flying Colours has appointed Dave Stewart as vice president & general manager of its St Louis, Missouri, US-based facility.

Stewart is responsible for recruiting a selection of specialist engineers, including a stress engineer to bolster the design engineering team, and a Designated Engineering Representative (DER). The production and maintenance team will be expanded to support the growing number of client projects passing through the facility, in addition to supporting work at the head facility in Peterborough, Canada.

Previously, Stewart was director of operations. Prior to this he ran his own Lean consultancy business, having spent over a decade working at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada.

“This is an exciting time for Flying Colours, St Louis. We have built a solid reputation and this is a great platform from which to develop.”

Stewart said: “This is an exciting time for Flying Colours, St Louis. We have built a solid reputation and this is a great platform from which to develop. We are close to maximum capacity so need to grow our workforce, and expand our facility, to ensure we can welcome an increased range of aircraft types up to narrow body in size. Applying my experience from the aviation and automotive industries I plan to ensure we maintain our standards and high quality, whilst developing existing and new revenue streams.”

“Having someone of Dave’s calibre running our St Louis operation is essential for Flying Colours. We have already implemented Lean processes but with his understanding of the concepts, and of Flying Colours, he’s the ideal candidate to take the facility and our business to the next level. His guidance so far has been a major contributor in KSUS being awarded the Authorized Service Facility Excellence Award in the North American category by Bombardier Business Aircraft. We expect great things from Dave in the future,” added Sean Gillespie, executive vice president, Flying Colours.

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