November 21, 2011
Dan Bailey, founder and original owner of Six Chuter Inc. Powered Parachutes, along with new owners of Six Chuter International LLC announced that they are in the final phases of transitioning between companies. Bailey and Tim Vedder, President of Six Chuter International LLC, explained that this transition has really been in progress for several years. Six Chuter Inc. moved sales and distribution rights to the new partners beginning in 2008. In 2010 the parts distribution operation was moved to a new facility in East Wenatchee, Washington. And during 2011 full assembly and distribution of their powered parachutes was occurring out of the hangar at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East, Wenatchee.
The “final phase” includes closing of Six Chuter Inc. and movement of all fabrication equipment to the facility in Wenatchee. Tom Connelly, factory manager for Six Chuter International LLC, said that all of the equipment and reorganization of the factory should be done by March 1 of 2012. The partners involved in the transition have been working with Dan Bailey for many years so the impact of the changes is minimal on customers. Rolando Santiago, sales and technical support manager, has been helping Six Chuter Inc. customers for over eight years and continues in that role with Six Chuter International LLC. Doug Maas, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Marketing and Business Development, has worked with Dan Bailey since 2000 and now continues in his role with Six Chuter International LLC. Steve Rambo has been with Six Chuter longer than any other sales representative and continues with Six Chuter International LLC as an affiliate manager of logistics. And Mike Lersbak is partnered as an affiliate with Six Chuter International LLC as a lead flight instructor and FAA examiner. Despite Dan Bailey’s “retirement” he will have an ongoing role with the new company as a consultant. According to the new partners current and prospective customers will be just as likely to talk directly to Dan when calling Six Chuter International!
Six Chuter is one of the few remaining powered parachute manufacturers that went through the process of certifying their aircraft for production as light sport legal. Only manufacturers who went through the rigorous process can legally manufacturer, sell and certify two seat experimental and special light sport powered parachutes. Six Chuter International will continue to manufacture and market a single seat, “ultralight” model, as well as the “Legend” series of experimental and special light sport powered parachutes.
Tim Vedder explained that the name change to Six Chuter International LLC helps capture the reality that Six Chuter has indeed become an International Company. Vedder said that the company has well over 2100 powered parachutes flying around the world today. And he said that thanks to Dan Bailey’s hard work, most of these are still flying and all are still supported with parts and technical support. Doug Maas, director of business development added that the company continues to seek motivated and qualified individuals to join the Six Chuter International team as affiliates, sales representatives and flight center managers. He also said that the new company will be holding a series of open houses at the new facility beginning in the spring of 2012.
Learn more about the company, their product and opportunities at:
Six Chuter International LLC
Read more about the Six Chuter International Team at ABOUT SIXCHUTER on the Six Chuter website.
A New Beginning
After twenty-one years, six months and nine days as owner, I am announcing the closure of Six Chuter Inc., effective October 24th, 2011.
As I move ever closer to my retirement, like most of you, I look forward to a more relaxed lifestyle. With that in mind, I have taken steps to plan my exit from full time work in such a way that Six Chuter and what we collectively have created over all these years may continue on into the future. Towards that goal, I have been working directly with Six Chuter International to assume control of all operations in the manufacture and distribution of the Six Chuter product line.
The owners of Six Chuter International are not new to this sport. They already have years of experience having worked directly with me in many different capacities over the past decade and in particular over the past two years in anticipation of this occasion. I believe this will allow for a seamless transition going forward and hope that you will continue to place your loyalty and trust with this group just as you did with Six Chuter Inc.
This is not the end. It’s the beginning. When we started Six Chuter in April of 1991, I know in my own heart that none of us really thought we’d make it. A month! Six months! A year? And, now here I am almost 22 years later having survived the thrills and chills, the ups and downs and all that owning a business can throw at you. And I loved every darn second of it!
I can never fully express my gratitude for all that I have been given and blessed with over these past years. In my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine the gift of participating in such a wonderful sport; meeting and becoming friends with so many good folks all around this country; and having the opportunity to work with some really great and creative people. At times this has truly been a humbling experience but it also has been a journey of discovery and knowledge that has allowed me to go places and do things I could never have dreamed of. The rewards that I have gained from this experience are not measured in dollars or even anything tangible, but in the memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for all the wonderful years, for your trust and for your never-ending loyalty to our product and our company. And most of all thank you for your friendship.