Industry Veteran to Lead Skidabrader’s New Aviation Division

John Hunter will lead the new division for Fort Worth-based Skidabrader, which serves dozens of military and civilian airports. The company's solutions help ensure "the safest possible runway conditions" in the face of challenges posed by constant tire scuffing and rubber buildup.

Industry veteran John Hunter will lead the new aviation division of Fort Worth-based Skidabrader, an innovator in pavement maintenance.

The aviation division is dedicated to providing cost-effective solutions for runway friction recovery, the company said. Hunter brings more than 20 years’ experience in airfield pavement maintenance to his new position as director of aviation services.

“We collectively have hundreds of years of expertise in pavement texturing, and we’re seeing strong growth in the aviation, airport and airfield spaces, based on results we’re driving for private industry, public sites and multiple branches of the military,” Skidabrader CEO Stephen Klugherz said in a statement. “John is broadly well-respected, and we’re proud he’s taking the helm to lead our team of industry experts.”

Hunter’s background includes sales, management, contracting, and manufacturing within the pavement maintenance industry, and he engages in local, state and national industry trade conferences, offering educational sessions and collaborating with airports, consulting engineers, and state aeronautics departments to develop pavement maintenance solutions and long-term strategies.

Seeing airports as ‘vital lifelines’

“Airports are vital lifelines for civilian and military communities of all sizes, and our services directly relate to safety, the most important concept in aviation,” Hunter said in a statement. “I’m pleased we can deliver cost-effective solutions for runway friction recovery and look forward to developing solutions for our broad set of airport and airfield customers and stakeholders.”

Skidabrader said its aviation division serves dozens of military and civilian airports, providing abrading and an ultra-high pressure water process that ensure the safest possible runway conditions in the face of challenges posed by constant tire scuffing and rubber buildup.

The bi-directional abrasion process brings runway texture back into FAA compliance and promotes surface drainage, allowing tires to make contact with new points of aggregate, and improving friction results, the company said.

Skidabrader said the new division reinforces its commitment to safety and innovation in the airfield industry.

Skidabrader’s customers include the Texas Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Nevada Department of Transportation, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and Toronto-Pearson Airport.

Skidabrader is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bard Global Group.

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