About Us

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, we provide maintenance and repair and overhaul (MRO) on these same platforms.

We have operating subsidiaries in Canada and the United States with the corporate office near Chicago, IL.  Northstar Aerospace has a strong foothold in the defense and commercial Aerospace sectors of the global industry. Our customers are some of the world’s leading aerospace equipment manufacturers, including:

AVX Aircraft

Bell Helicopter


Columbia Helicopter

GE Aviation

Honeywell Aerospace

Lockheed Martin

MD Helicopter

Northrop Grumman




Company History

Northstar Aerospace can trace its history beyond the dawn of the airplane and helicopter to a prominent Chicago businessman, machinist, and foundryman, Charles Plamondon. Through many mergers and acquisitions, including Foote Bros. Gear & Machine Company, D-Velco Manufacturing of Arizona, Derlan Industries, Boeing/Litton Precision Gear, and Windsor Gear & Machine Company, we became North America’s leading independent manufacturer of flight critical gears and transmissions. In 2002, Derlan Industries officially changed its name to Northstar Aerospace to focus on the aerospace business. In 2003, the corporate offices moved from Toronto, Canada, to Bedford Park, IL., and in 2012, Heligear Acquisition Co. acquired all of the assets of Northstar Aerospace.

Vision – Mission – Values

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 Aerospace culture. We encourage you to explore it further. It is what makes us a special and unique place to work.



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 value to our customers by delivering the highest quality products on time.



Northstar Aerospace will achieve best-in-class performance by providing exceptional customer solutions through each individual’s expertise and by continuously improving everything we do.



Management Team

Scott Burdick

President & CEO

Becky Norris

VP, Chief Financial Officer

Gary Clinton

VP,  Business Development 

& General Manager,


Kristen Petyo 

VP, Supply Chain 

& Quality Systems

Darrin Cain

VP,  Information Technology 

& System Development

Bree Amaya

VP, Human Resources

& Safety, Health, Environmental Affairs

Chris Stanton

Site Leader, Windsor

David G. Anderson

General Counsel

& Chief Ethics Officer

Sonia Nieto-Crowther

Sr. Executive Assistant

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