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Hangar door manufacturer moving from Apopka to Eustis

Aero Doors builds doors for all-sized hangars, from Piper Cubs to 747s.
Aero Doors builds doors for all-sized hangars, from Piper Cubs to 747s. (Aero Doors)

Aero Door International, a manufacturer of super-sized doors for airplane hangars, is moving from Apopka to Eustis.

The company recently bought the former ABC Sign Products building with 9,000 square feet at 2770 Dillard Road in Eustis for $440,000. Rick Gonzalez of Crosby and Associates represented Aero Door in the purchase. Tyre and Taylor Realty represented the seller.

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Aero Door is a portion of a business started by co-owner Jason Mathew's father, John Mathews and uncle Bill Mathews in 1978. Jason and his brother, Jonathan, bought half of the family business, the portion that builds airplane hangar doors, last January.

"My father works for us, helping mentor us into the business, making sure we are where we need to be and helping us grow," Jason said.

The growing process necessitates the move.

"We decided we wanted to get out on our own and buy our own building," Jason said. The pair decided on Eustis because Jason lives in Deland and his brother lives in Clermont and Eustis was close to the middle.

The brothers are in the process of remodeling the office space in its new building and plan to start moving in this week. Next, Aero Door is planning a 14,000-square foot addition to its new headquarters within eight to 12 months.

The addition will allow the company to increase its staff of nine by several more positions to help meet the 30 percent projected growth rate in 2016.

Aero Door makes doors big enough for a 747 Jet or a huge C-130 military cargo carrier.

The job has sent Mathews to Seattle, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico and other places that want to put doors on big airplane hangars.

Hurricane Andrew has proven to be the company's biggest marketing tool.

The only operational airplane hangar door left after the killer storm moves through South Miami was one built by Aero door.

"Needless to say, all the [hangar] doors that were put back on after the storm in Homestead were ours," Mathews said. "That is our best advertising."

NASA also provides work for the company.

Teresa Burney can be reached at 352-455-1955 or at teresaburney4@gmail.com

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