Air Industries Group traces its history to 1941 in Connecticut, when it began producing parts for the WW-II fighter aircraft, the F4-U Corsair, then being assembled by the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Company in Stratford. This marked the beginning of a long and distinguished track record of producing high quality precision assemblies and components of increasing size and complexity. Our products meet or exceed the exacting flight safety and performance demands of the aerospace and defense industry. Air Industries is a Tier 1 supplier to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and a Prime Contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense. Our extensive and growing range of precision products includes landing gear, arresting gear, flight controls, engine mounts, and components for commercial and military aircraft jet engines and ground turbines.
Air Industries’ products are currently deployed on important military aircraft, including Sikorsky helicopters, the UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-53 Heavy Lift, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter), the US Navy carrier-based E-2D and F-18 Hornet, and the US Air Force F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Our jet engine components are used on many commercial and military engines, including the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) jet engine.
Operating two Centers of Excellence in New York and Connecticut, specializing in Complex Machining and Turbine Engine Components, our facilities total over 200,000 square feet and employ approximately 200 highly skilled workers. Air Industries has been long established in the Long Island, NY, aerospace community, known as the “Cradle of Aviation,” and Hartford, Connecticut’s “Aerospace Corridor”. Both Centers of Excellence benefit from proximity to major OEM customers, a deep pool of talented, skilled labor, and local suppliers and supporting services.
Air Industries is classified as a Small Business and is listed on the NYSE American Exchange (ticker symbol: AIRI).
The entire Air Industries team is dedicated to a vital mission: understanding the needs of our customers and translating those needs into daily actions that drive us to meet or exceed customer expectations. For over 80 years, we have supported the progress of our nation’s defense and commercial aviation sectors. The people of Air Industries pursue our mission with pride, integrity, and a passion for excellence.
Luciano (Lou) Melluzzo, President and Chief Executive Officer, joined Air Industries Group in 2017. He has been in the aerospace machining business for over 35 years, and has previously served in a number of leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Business Development for EDAC Technologies, which was a Nasdaq-listed $100+ million developer and manufacturer of complex rotating parts for jet engine applications, and General Manager of Polar Corporation, a privately-held company specializing in commercial and military aerospace components. Mr. Melluzzo has extensive experience in turnaround management, business restructuring, and achieving operational excellence.
Michael Recca, Chief Financial Officer, joined the Company in 2016. Prior to his role with Air Industries, he served in a number of leadership capacities, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Sky Capital Holdings Ltd. Group, listed on the AIM division of the London Stock Exchange, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Electronics, Inc., which was listed on Nasdaq. Mr. Recca is a graduate of the State University of NY at Stony Brook, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Gary Settoducato, Vice President of Business Development, was appointed to this position in 2017, after over 30 years in the aerospace industry. Previously, Mr. Settoducato served as the Executive Vice President of our Air Industries Machining subsidiary, and also spent seven years as President of the Group’s Welding Metallurgy subsidiary. He is a graduate of Northrop Grumman’s “PROFIT” procurement training program, and has held prior senior management positions at Air Industries and other Long Island aerospace firms. Mr. Settoducato graduated summa cum laude from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University in 1983 with a double major in marketing and management, and was the Valedictorian of his graduating class.
Michael Biancospino, President and General Manager, Air Industries Machining Corporation and Nassau Tool Works, was appointed to his current position, effective October 3, 2022. Mr. Biancospino joined Air Industries in 2004 as a manufacturing engineer, developing manufacturing work instructions, 3D CAD models, and process plans for new projects. He was a key member of the team that implemented the Company’s ERP system, and led the development efforts of the E-2D landing gear program. He was later appointed Director of Engineering, responsible for all Manufacturing Engineering, N/C Programming, and tool design. Mr. Biancospino earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. He completed his Program Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2013
John Spiotta, Corporate Director of Quality, joined Air Industries in 2007. With over 30 years in Quality Assurance, Mr. Spiotta developed, and is responsible for, the corporation’s Advanced Quality System. In this role, he ensures compliance with industry standards, including AS9100:D and ISO 9001:2015. Mr. Spiotta manages the inspection process, maintains quality reporting metrics, supports customer and government source inspections, and develops plans for positive cause and, when required, corrective action.