Elbit Systems of America recognized as Talladega Spotlight Business
by Chris Norwood
Apr 06, 2012 | 3967 views |  3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Talladega honored Elbit Systems of America, formerly International Enterprises, as the spotlight business of the month Thursday. Pictured are Talladega City Councilman Joe Ballow, Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mack Ferguson, City Councilman Ricky Simpson, City Manager Brian Muenger, Elbit Vice President of Operations Jimmy Johns, Mayor Larry Barton, Councilman Donnie Miller and Human Resources Director Mark Webber. Photo by Jim Smothers/The Daily Home
The city of Talladega honored Elbit Systems of America, formerly International Enterprises, as the spotlight business of the month Thursday. Pictured are Talladega City Councilman Joe Ballow, Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mack Ferguson, City Councilman Ricky Simpson, City Manager Brian Muenger, Elbit Vice President of Operations Jimmy Johns, Mayor Larry Barton, Councilman Donnie Miller and Human Resources Director Mark Webber. Photo by Jim Smothers/The Daily Home
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TALLADEGA — Elbit Systems of America, formerly International Enterprises in Brecon, was honored Thursday as Talladega Spotlight Business for the month of April at a ceremony Thursday afternoon.

City Manager Brian Muenger and Mayor Larry Barton both presented the company’s managers with proclamations and certificates of appreciation for the jobs they create and the money and time they have invested in the community over more than 40 years in business.

A corporate press release said the company “welcomed the Talladega Chamber of Commerce to their facility in the Brecon subdivision of Talladega. After a luncheon and tour of the building, the group, which included … Barton and … Muenger met with Vice President of Operations Jimmy Johns for a presentation about Elbit Systems of America’s 43-year tenure in Talladega.

“The event culminated with a proclamation made by Barton. The mayor recognized Elbit … for its contributions to the city’s business community and economy, stating, ‘It is employers like Elbit … that make Talladega the wonderful place it is to live, work and worship,’” the release states.

Barton also called Elbit “one of the world’s finest depot level repair organizations,” before officially declaring it the spotlight business of the month.

Other guests at the event included Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mack Ferguson, chamber employees Melissa White and Cookie Adair, chamber board members Ray Miller and Buster Taylor, Roy Roberts of the Alabama Disabilities Office, Councilmen Donnie Miller, Ricky Simpson and Joe Ballow, and Charlotte Green, Barton’s public relations officer.

“Elbit Systems of America operates in Talladega through its subsidiary, International Enterprises Inc.,” the release says. “The company, founded in 1969, produced wire harnesses for fire engines but quickly moved into other product lines. Over time, the company focus shifted to the development of capabilities for the repair and manufacture of military avionics. Elbit Systems of America purchased IEI in 1999 as part of Elbit Systems of America Service and Support Solutions, which now has additional locations in San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas, Wichita, Kan., and the Netherlands.

“The business unit delivers depot level repair, manufacturing, field service support, logistic support, aircraft modifications, reliability upgrades, aircraft level contractor logistics support, as well as maintenance and repair for commercial and sophisticated military electronics systems and components. In the 43 years since its inception, Elbit Systems of America Service and Support Solutions in Talladega has proudly become renowned for superior customer focus, excellence in repair and logistics support and sustainment of critical systems for the worldwide military community.”

Johns was quoted in the release as saying, “We are honored to have been recognized by Mayor Barton for our contributions and accomplishments. We look forward to another 40 years of success and a solid working relationship with our city and business leaders and the community.”

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.