3 Points Aviation, Charlottetown
“The company started in 2004, and next year will be our 15th anniversary,” says Dianne Griffin. “The owner, Mr. John Drukin, started the company in the back of a garage, and we are living his dream.”
Currently, the company has three facilities:
- The finance office is in Newfoundland and has nine employees who look after payroll.
- The warehousing facility and the engineers are housed in Ontario, where there are 28 employees.
- The Charlottetown location, which focuses on manufacturing, Repair & Overhaul, and Research & Development, has 63 employees.
“We really are the head office and the pulse of the company,” says Dianne Griffin. “We started out small, and six years ago we had three bays. Today, the 32,000 square foot Charlottetown facility has 12 bays, an HR department, and a newly expanded bay for landing gear.
“We are a full-service facility, from manufacturing, shipping, storing, painting, quality, and sales, to Research & Development and Repair & Overhaul. Our role is to purchase decommissioned planes and refurbish and resell the parts and the engines. We also manufacture and improve the parts, and then they become our own for resale.
“Our biggest challenge is getting skilled trades professionals to come here to PEI. We need CNC Machinists and CNC Programmers, Quality Assurance people, AMEs, and Repair & Overhaul Technicians.
“We have to go off-Island to find those people. There is a great life-style here on the Island but we are finding it very difficult to get people to come here to work.”