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Akron Fulton Airport rebranded Akron Executive Airport

August 3, 2018

Akron Fulton Airport rebranded Akron Executive Airport

AKRON, Ohio – The former Akron Fulton Airport, now Akron Executive Airport (AKR), is undergoing revitalization and rebranding.

Airport Advisory Board Chair Phil Maynard and Mayor Dan Horrigan unveiled the new branding and a new vision for the airport Friday at a gathering of business leaders and government officials.

The goal is to ramp-up marketing efforts and spur development in the air and on airport grounds, Maynard said.

“There’s countless opportunities ahead,” he said.

As part of a new strategic plan, rebranding is underway, with a new website, logo and tagline: “AKR means business!”

New signs have been installed throughout the facility and, as of last Monday, obstacles to night-time landing have been removed, Maynard said.

The airport includes two runways - 6,337 feet and 2,300 feet - and is home to 15 hangars for corporate aircraft and 75 planes housed in condo hangars. The airport can support 70 aircraft per day.

Part of the rebranding effort includes promoting existing tenants, including the services of fixed-base operator Summit Air, a concierge for air plane maintenance, and flight school American Wings.

The Props and Pistons Festival is planned for August 18-19, offering the community plane rides, aerial demonstrations, food and vendors.

A master plan is also being created to identify all available land around the airport for economic development.

Stark State Akron is helping jump-start that development.

Stark State College President Para Jones said the college, which opens in August, is partnering with the city, county and airport advisory board to establish a new seven-acre facility on airport grounds for the college’s commercial driver’s program.

“CDL commercial driver’s license is one of the highest demand fields in the nation, the state and this region,” Jones said. “The program will serve the companies in this region and beyond. What we will develop here will be something we are all proud of, that will continue to serve the students of Akron and Summit County for many years.”

To draw more air traffic business, the airport board is also working with businesses that already use the airport, Maynard said.

One of those businessmen is Randy Theken, founder of Theken Companies LLC, a medical device implant development company.

Theken bought and restored the historic Art Deco airport terminal on Triplett Boulevard. His companies used the airport to quickly usher his customers - neurologists and spine surgeons - in and out of Akron.

“We used this airport extensively back in the days and we would fly in well over 100 surgeons and distributors a year,” he said.

His companies were acquired, but he now has four new medical device companies based in the terminal offices, and recently built a 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility there for aeronautical and medical devices.

“The airport and this building have served me well over all these years,” he said.

Horrigan said planning for revitalization of the airport began about three years ago, when officials consulted with Akron-Canton Airport operators, who advised keeping the runway.

A major impediment to developing the airport was the crumbling Akron Rubber Bowl, which is expected to be two-thirds demolished by late fall, Horrigan said.

Now the city is working with the county and the Greater Akron Chamber to attract new business to the airport.

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