Hartzell Signs Agreement With Defense Holdings, Inc. for Exclusive Supply of Photoluminescent Paint for Constant-Speed Propellers

Under the agreement, Hartzell becomes the exclusive world-wide distributor for application of AfterGlo® Brand PL Safety Paint on constant-speed aircraft propellers installed on engines from 150 shp up to 1800 shp.


Piqua, OH (July 19, 2010) – Hartzell Propeller Inc. of Piqua, OH has concluded a distributorship agreement with Defense Holdings, Inc.®, (DHi®), The Idea Company®, for use of DHi’s AfterGlo® Brand Photoluminescent Aviation Safety Paint on Hartzell’s line of aircraft propellers. AfterGlo® paint is used to for safety markings to improve the visibility of aircraft propellers in low-light situations. Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings formulates the paint for DHi.

Under the agreement, Hartzell becomes the exclusive world-wide distributor for application of AfterGlo® Brand PL Safety Paint on constant-speed aircraft propellers installed on engines from 150 shp up to 1800 shp. Hartzell will offer DHi’s AfterGlo® Brand Photoluminescent (PL) Safety Paint as an option on new Hartzell propellers from its factory. In addition Hartzell will obtain certification for use of Hartzell Propeller Inc. part number A-6741-233-1 PL Paint Kit on existing Hartzell propellers through its network of propeller repair stations and military maintenance depots. The introductory list price of the Hartzell PL Paint kit is $1369 and will cover approximately 20 blade tips. Hartzell also becomes a non-exclusive world-wide distributor for DHi’s AfterGlo® Brand Photoluminescent (PL) Safety Paint under the agreement on a not-to-interfere basis with DHi’s current markets.

DHi will continue to provide its AfterGlo® Brand PL Safety Paint kits purchased using DHi’s part numbers, U.S. Government assigned National Stock Numbers, and through direct sales to the General Services Administration (GSA) or any other Governmental agency or activity. The agreement with Hartzell does not serve to interfere in any way with Company’s pre-existing Distributor Agreement with Alliance Coatings, Inc., or with the sale of AfterGlo® Brand PL Safety Paint through GSA Schedules.

DHi’s AfterGlo® Brand PL Safety Paint has been successfully used on Hartzell’s 4-blade lightweight turbine propellers retrofitted on approximately 100 Korea Aerospace Industries KT-1 trainer aircraft operated by the Republic of Korea Air Force and now being delivered on 40 new build KT-1T aircraft for the Turkish Air Force Mike Disbrow, Hartzell’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Customer Services, added, “We collaborated with DHi to develop and test the application of their PL paint system on our propellers so that our customers could gain access to technology that will greatly improve the safety of their aircraft operations and airport personnel who work at night and under low light conditions. As a company focused on the safety of our products, we’re delighted to be able to offer this impressive technology exclusively to our customers.”

Rich Martin, DHi’s President and CEO, states “Defense Holdings, Inc. is excited to be working with Hartzell Propeller to gain type approval for use of our AfterGlo® Brand Photoluminescent Safety Paint on other types of Hartzell propellers. Hartzell propellers are used on a wide range of piston and turboprop powered aircraft, including many of the world’s trainer aircraft. In addition to being used on the Korea Aerospace KT-1, Hartzell propellers are used on a variety of trainer aircraft from Embraer, Hawker Beechcraft, Pilatus and many others. Where better to be able to offer enhanced safety than in the world’s flight training commands?”

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