TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - April 1, 2016) - Premier Aviation Overhaul Center, Inc. (Premier) is pleased to announce that effective May 1, 2016, Bret Burnside will be joining the Premier team as General Manager, Operations.

Based at Premier's facility in Rome, New York, Bret will continue the development of Premier's largest facility, focusing on the attainment of optimal performance within Premier's multiple lines of airframe maintenance and paint.

With some 35 years of experience in airframe MRO, and in addition to his military service, Mr. Burnside brings a level of knowledge, understanding and focus to what MRO quality means. His experience includes senior and executive management positions throughout the industry; the most recent of which was as Chief Operating Officer at Aviation Technical Services (ATS). Bret's past experiences as Vice President and General Manager at AAR and President of Cascade Aerospace, have provided him with both an operational and a financial perspective on airframe heavy maintenance.

As a previous owner of an MRO, Bret has had significant exposure to all aspects of our business which is invaluable to the delivery of Premier's strategic plan.

"The entire Premier team is looking forward to Bret's arrival and the positive impact he'll have on the operation. We're fortunate to have Bret with us and recognize the contribution he'll be able to make to the overall Premier operation." Said Ronnie Di Bartolo, President, and CEO of Premier.

In addition to Mr. Burnside's impressive business credentials, which include having attended the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, he's also an experienced A&P mechanic.

Mr. Di Bartolo adds, "As a quality MRO organization focused on controlled growth and having recently opened our fourth facility, Bret's addition to the Premier team will ensure the operational and financial control critical to success in airframe heavy maintenance today".

About Premier Aviation

Premier Aviation is the largest Canadian-owned aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and aircraft painting company in North America, with facilities in, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Rome, New York, United States and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Since its inception in 2002, the company has maintained a steady growth of clients and services. For more information on Premier Aviation, visit

Contact Information:

Premier Aviation Overhaul Centre Inc.
Dave Diggle
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819 377-4500 ext. 398