Joe Brown President, Hartzell Propeller Inc. COO, Tailwind Technologies Inc. Piqua, Ohio Not long after purchasing Hartzell from TRW, James Brown Jr.—an MIT engineer, former Navy pilot and entrepreneur—invited his sons to join his blade-making enterprise. “He wanted cheap help, and we volunteered,” recalls Joe. That was 27 years ago. Since then he and his brother, Jim, have invested in complementary businesses under the Tailwind Technologies banner, but the propeller ...

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