Friday, February 23, 2007
June D. Maule Named Cambridge Who's Who Executive of the Year in Aviation
June D. Maule president of Maule Air Inc., has been named Cambridge Who's Who Executive of the Year in Aviation.
New York, NY (Cambridge News) Feburary 5, 2007 -- June D. Maule president of Maule Air Inc., has been named Cambridge Who's Who Executive of the Year in Aviation. While inclusion in Cambridge Who's Who is an honor, only one member in each discipline is named the Cambridge Who's Who Executive of the Year. The Cambridge Who's Who selection committee hand picks these special Who's Who honorees based on accomplishments, academic achievement, leadership, and service.
1941 the B.D. Maule Company was formed in Napoleon, Michigan to build a light aircraft tailwheel which B.D. (June Maule’s late husband) had designed. 1946, B.D. and June Maule purchased a farm near Napoleon, Michigan. With the help of their two oldest children, they converted it to an airport. In the process, they had the dubious honor of leveling a dog race track which had been operated by Al Capone. The airport flourished, being used for flight training during the initial post-war aviation boom.
In 1995 Maule was the third largest producer of single engine aircraft in the U.S. In 1996, the Maule factory produced 64 aircraft, and employs 76 people. Some employees have been with the company over 29 years. This experience is realized in the quality of each handcrafted Maule airplane. Maule has produced over 1800 aircraft since its inception.
Family plays a large part in the operation of the company, which employs wife June, four children, two spouses of children, and two grandchildren. Through decades of sometimes difficult years, B.D. had a constant supporter in his wife June. She has worked steadily at his side through all of the ups and downs the company has experienced. She has filled the position of Purchasing Agent since the inception of the company, and has been the company owner since the death of Mr. Maule.
At the time of his passing in 1995, Belford D. Maule held the worldwide distinction of being the only founder, owner (with wife, June), and manager of an existing aircraft manufacturing company. He was a noted aviation pioneer. Over a span of 53 years, B.D. remained in total control of the operation of the company as well as the technical development of the product, up until his death. Mr. Maule continued to fly his airplanes quite frequently even into his 80’s. He was an excellent example of a successful individualist, entrepreneur, and self-made man and received the deserved respect of many people in the aviation world.
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