B/E Aerospace helps to build Rockford’s aerospace reputation

ROCKFORD – Seven years ago B/E Aerospace Aircraft Ecosystems was a two-man startup working to cultivate a concept for more efficient toilet systems in commercial jets.

Today, it employs about 75 people and serves the biggest aerospace companies in the industry.

Not bad for a company that executives say is just now entering a phase of accelerated growth.

“We’re starting to increase the production volumes here,” said Mark Pondelick, vice president and general manager of B/E’s Rockford division. Account disabled by server administrator “Those will continue to grow over the next four to five years at a pretty rapid rate.”

The company moved into a new 38,000-square-foot building east of the Chicago Rockford International Airport in mid-2012 as it ramped up production of its potable water and vacuum waste systems. At a public showing of the space at 5795 Logistics Parkway in 2012, B/E CEO Amin Khoury said the company could make $50 million a year selling toilets to business and commercial jets within the next five years.