AMETEK MRO Drake Air and Southern Aeroparts Make Donation to Tulsa Route 66 Main Street

AMETEK MRO Drake Air and Southern Aeroparts Make Donation to Tulsa Route 66 Main Street

The grant will support restoration of the Tulsa, Oklahoma community

TULSA, OK (SEP 7, 2021) – AMETEK MRO, a global provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services to the aviation market, recently donated $5,000 to the non-profit organization Tulsa Route 66 Main Street. The donation, awarded with funds from the AMETEK Foundation, will support Tulsa Route 66 Main Street’s mission to prevent and reverse community deterioration in Southwest Tulsa.

U.S. Highway 66 is known as one of the most famous roads in the United States. In addition to attracting visitors from near and far, Route 66 is also traveled frequently by AMETEK MRO employees, as the company operates two businesses on the historic roadway, including Drake Air and Southern Aeroparts.

AMETEK MRO employees began partnering with Tulsa Route 66 Main Street in 2017 and have continued to support the organization’s mission of restoring the Southwest Tulsa Boulevard corridor as the cultural, educational, and economic backbone of the community ever since. Some examples include sponsoring activities, such as the Route 66 mural in the Red Fork District, and events including East Meets West and PatriotFesh.

AMETEK MRO employees, Laura O. Marcum, Human Resources Manager, and Chris Blair, Senior Operations Manager, have also co-chaired a seat on the Board since October 2019.

“The relationship we have with Tulsa Route 66 Main Street provides opportunities for employee engagement by energizing our culture and promoting good corporate citizenship,” said David Bentley, Divisional Vice President and Business Manager of AMETEK MRO Midwest. “We look forward to continuing our support of this program through the sponsorship of local beautification efforts and supporting community events such as Patriot Days, which will make a return in 2022.”

To date, Tulsa Route 66 Main Street has supported nearly $265 million in private reinvestment and approximately 100 building rehabilitations along the Southwest corridor. These activities led to the creation of more than 1,250 new jobs and over 70 business openings/expansions/relocations in Southwest Tulsa. 

Group photo of AMETEK MRO Employees
Photographed from left to right are AMETEK MRO employees Jake Sutton (Director of Engineering), Jared Corey (Purchasing Manager), William Crider (Director of Quality), Laura O. Marcum (Human Resources Manager), Kari McCloud (North American Business Unit Controller), David Snell (Principal Engineer), Phil Bashaw (Vice President, Sales & Marketing), and Chris Blair (Senior Operations Manager) along with Sandi Dittman (President of the Tulsa Rout 66 Main Street Commission).


AMETEK MRO, a division of AMETEK, is a leading global provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for commercial, regional, military, and general aviation aircrafts. AMETEK MRO services more than 40,000 aircraft components, with capabilities including avionics, fuel, heat transfer, landing gear, hydraulics, pneumatics, power, safety and medical, wheels and brakes, and more. In addition to MRO services, the company also offers over 500 PMAs and a portfolio of OEM solutions. AMETEK MRO has 14 locations around the world and approximately 800 employees across its businesses: AEM, Aeromedic, Ameron, AMETEK Singapore, Antavia, Avtech Avionics and Instruments, B&S Aircraft, Drake Air, Muirhead Avionics, and Southern Aeroparts. For more information, visit and follow AMETEK MRO on LinkedIn.

AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2020 sales of more than $4.5 billion. The common stock of AMETEK is a component of the S&P 500.

About the AMETEK Foundation

Established in 1960, the AMETEK Foundation is the charitable giving arm of AMETEK, Inc. The Foundation’s mission is to empower AMETEK colleagues making a positive impact in their local communities, with a focus on health and welfare, civic and social service programs, and education.