Chinese firm to purchase Mattituck aircraft engine company

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12/15/2010 9:50 AM |

Pending approval by the Chinese and American governments, Teledyne Mattituck Services, an aircraft engine overall and repair company located at the Mattituck Airbase, will be acquired by a Chinese firm as part of a $186 million cash deal expected to close early next year.

Technify Motors, a subsidiary of Beijing-Based AVIC International, is to purchase both Teledyne Continental Motors and Mattituck Services. Continental Motors manufactures piston engines for small, non-military aircraft. The Mobile, Ala. company operates service facilities in Mattituck and Fairhope, Ala.

In announcing the sale, Teledyne Technologies, the parent company for both Continental Motors and Mattituck Services. said the agreement calls for maintaining Continental’s Mobile, Ala. manufacturing facility. But Teledyne made no mention of the fate of the Mattituck operation, which enjoys a national reputation for the quality of its engine work.
Calls to Mattituck Services were directed to Teledyne Technologies, which did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

The company that became Mattituck Services started in 1946 when Parker Wickham of Mattituck, who had overhauled airplane engines in World War II, converted part of his family’s New Suffolk Ave. potato farm into a small airport and an aviation engine rebuilding shop.

The Wickhams sold the engine business in 1984, but bought it back four years later. The Teledyne firm acquired it in 1999.

In a 2005 Suffolk Times profile on Mattituck Service,s a sales manager for a Ronkonkoma aircraft rental and flight school described Mattituck’s workmanship as “one of the best in the country, if not the world.”

At that time the business was repairing about 500 engines a year, half as many as 20 years prior. The firm’s workforce had dropped about a third to 45 people.



10 Comment

  • wow what a shame,
    this business needs to stay here
    its a really great unknown place

  • Hopefully more business will come to this airport

  • Sounds overpriced .

  • Maybe the Chinese firms are planning to enhance all their aircraft engine.


  • what is overpriced? Do you really have an understanding of what is produced from this place?

  • The Wickhams are a great family. Mattituck has a storied history, excellent reputation and highly skilled employees, many of whom have been there for decades.

    Let’s hope the Chinese boost business instead of taking it away.

    Mattituck is the only public use airport on the North Fork. Hope the town isn’t wiped off the “air map” by its closure.

  • FOR SALE–MATTITUCK……………………………….i took my nephew to encounter his first airplane up close at the mattituck airbase(still is a airplane enthusiastic) and i remember sneaking down on my bike at night to use the pay telephone there to talk to a boyfriend mommy didnt approve of. its a shame that all the hard work of parker whitham(this family a forefather of the north fork) will be probably credited to the chinese. are we trying to begin rewriting the history of mattituck.

  • oh yeah!!!!! i forgot …..the hill you take to get down to the airplane is great on a bike….kids were still doing it two yrs ago when i last visited mattituck oops!!! i did it again “psuedoville” i mean…… think the chinese will let that happen anymore………NOT!!!!!!!!!!!