Veteran-Owned Aerospace Manufacturing Firm Lands Multi-Million Dollar Air Force Contract

Lomira, WI (PressExposure) July 11, 2009 -- Patriot Taxiway Industries, Inc., a growing manufacturer in the aerospace industry has been awarded a $7.7 million dollar contract to provide Dual Mode Portable LED lighting systems to the United States Air Force.

“The Stand Guard,” a security and safety lighting system, will provide the Air Force with a lightweight, deployable dual mode (visible and infrared) LED lighting capabilities for worldwide operations. “We are thrilled to provide the Air Force with our state of the art lighting systems to support their mission,” stated Kevin McDermott, Vice President. “The Air Force has made a strong commitment to working with small business owners who are veterans and we are glad that our leading edge products were the perfect match for their needs.”

Patriot Taxiway Industries, founded in January 2007, has recently moved to a 9,000 square feet manufacturing production plant in Lomira, WI to produce LED Lighting Solutions. “This is a very exciting time for us,” stated Steven Smits, President. “We are honored to serve the Air Force by manufacturing these critical lighting units, and are proud to be an employer who is growing and hiring new staff.”

In addition to Smits and McDermott’s hands-on military experience, Patriot Taxiway Industries, Inc. also actively employs military veterans in the Wisconsin and Texas areas. “We believe the knowledge and dedication from our veteran leadership and workforce give us the unique advantage of understanding the military mission better than anyone else. Our veteran’s operational and technical expertise is an immeasurable asset to our company. They are the key to our success,” said Smits.

Patriot Taxiway Industries is designing and manufacturing leading edge, energy-efficient lighting solutions. For more information on products and services, visit

About Patriot Taxiway Industries

Patriot Taxiway Industries Inc., is a service-disabled veteran owned small business that provides design, manufacture and delivery of quality products, along with the excellent service and support of their products. Patriot Taxiway key employees have 80 combined years of combined Military Avionics experience (USAF/ANG). Patriot Taxiway continues to actively recruit Veterans to draw upon their skills, experience, commitment, and integrity in order to provider a superior product and service. Patriot’s workforce includes several Service Disabled Veterans and Patriot reaches out to the veteran community through the local veteran service officers to reach into the rich experience and knowledge of our veterans.

“Thanks to the veteran experience inside our company, we are able to know the exact needs of our customers, as well as communicate with them on a level that non-veteran firms may not be able to provide. While our products are superior, we believe our greatest asset is our experience and commitment to our nation’s military forces,” said Steven Smits, President.

In addition to portable lighting systems, Patriot Taxiway is also growing its business in providing LED lighting solutions to commercial and government markets. For more information, or to contact Patriot Taxiway Industries, Inc., visit

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Press Release Submitted On: July 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm
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