MIDDLETON, WIS. – The Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association named Eagle Fuel Cells of Eagle River, Wisconsin, “Wisconsin Aviation Business of the Year” for 2013. The award was presented to company owner and general manager, Kurt Hartwig, at ceremonies held during the Wisconsin Aviation Conference in Middleton, Wisconsin, April 30, 2013.
Eagle Fuel Cells is known throughout the world for manufacturing and overhauling bladder fuel cells – the pliable fuel tanks in aircraft and race cars. Eagle Fuel Cells has over 50 years of experience and has manufactured tens of thousands of bladder fuel cells of all types and varieties.
In accepting the award, Hartwig recognized his parents, Carl and Nancy Hartwig, who founded the company in 1962. The Hartwigs emphasized solid work ethics throughout their careers and in raising their children.
“This award represents hard work and doing things right,” said Kurt Hartwig. “I travel across the country and am very proud of being from Wisconsin, Eagle River and proud of everyone who works hard to make aviation great in our state.” Hartwig also served on the Eagle River Union Airport Commission for 11 years.
Hartwig’s brother, Mark Hartwig, is involved in sales in the company, and Hartwig’s partner, Jim Baxter, directs manufacturing.
Eagle Fuel Cells is located in two buildings on and near the Eagle River Union Airport (www.eaglefuelcells.com).
Aviation business owners, airport managers, airport commission members, and state and federal aviation officials attended the Wisconsin Aviation Conference, which is held annually to address common concerns.
The Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association (WATA) was founded in 1946 and represents aviation businesses throughout the state of Wisconsin.