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Northstar Aerospace is a leading independent manufacturer of components and assemblies to the global aerospace industry. Principal products include gears and transmissions, accessory gearbox assemblies, rotorcraft drive systems and other machined and fabricated parts for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. In addition, Northstar provides maintenance and repair and overhaul (MRO) on these same platforms.

Northstar has operating subsidiaries in Canada and the United States. The Company's corporate office is located near Chicago, in Bedford Park, Illinois.

  • Northstar has a strong foothold in the defense and commercial aerospace sectors of the global industry. The Company's customers include some of the world's leading aerospace equipment manufacturers:
  • The Boeing Company
    • CH-47 Chinook; AH-64 Apache; CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
    • F-22 Raptor
  • Sikorsky Ltd.
    • UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter
  • General Electric Aviation
    • CF34-3 engine that powers Bombardier regional and business jets
  • Rolls-Royce plc
    • Trent 500, 800, 900, 1000 and 7000 engines used in Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft


Northstar Aerospace can trace its history beyond the dawn of the airplane and helicopter to a prominent Chicago businessman, machinist and foundry man, Charles Plamondon. Through many mergers and acquisitions including Foote Bros. Gear & Machine Company; D-Velco Manufacturing of Arizona; Derlan Industries; Litton Precision Gear; and Windsor Gear & Machine Company, the company became North America’s leading independent manufacturer of flight critical gears and transmissions.

In June 2002, Derlan Industries officially changed its name to Northstar Aerospace to reflect a focus on the aerospace business. In 2003 the corporate offices moved from Toronto, Canada to Bedford Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

In August 2012, Heligear Acquisition Co. acquired all of the assets of Northstar Aerospace.



When you have a real passion for what you do it shows in ways that are as embodied in your people as they are embedded in your products. It’s an attitude that transcends expectations because it never stops striving to exceed them. This is the Northstar Culture.  We encourage you to explore it further as it is what makes us a special and unique place to work.

Vision: Northstar Aerospace is the preferred supplier in our industry. We honor our commitments to our customers and other stakeholders. We are dedicated to continuously improving our value to our customers by delivering the highest quality products on time.

Mission: Northstar Aerospace will achieve best-in-class performance by providing exceptional customer solutions through the expertise of each individual in the organization and by continuously improving everything we do.




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