About Northstar Aerospace®

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:

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 foundryman, 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, we 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 focus on the aerospace business. In 2003, the corporate offices moved from Toronto, Canada, to Bedford Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago.

In August 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.

Northstar Culture
Organizational Chart
  • Scott Burdick, President & CEO
  • Sonia Crowther, Sr. Executive Assistant
  • Patrick Moriarty, Interim Chief Financial Officer/Corporate Controller
  • David G. Anderson, General Counsel
  • Greg Harper, VP of Human Resources & SHEA
  • Gary Clinton, VP of Business Development
  • Kristen Petyo, VP Quality & Supply Chain
  • Darrin Cain, VP Information Technology & Systems Development
  • Steven Foust, VP Continuous Improvement & VP General Manager, Phoenix
  • Anthony Wurmel, VP & General Manager, Chicago & Windsor