November 4, 1999 :
Gyrodyne Company of America Announces Sale of Aerospace Division
ST. JAMES, NY, USA ( Gyrodyne Press Release ) - Gyrodyne Company of America, Inc. announced today it had entered into an agreement for the sale of the Company's defunct aerospace division. The agreement, which is expected to close in mid November, calls for Gyrodyne to transfer its helicopter parts inventory and related tooling and design drawings. President Stephen V. Maroney reported that ``... This action is in keeping with our clear direction to focus on the Company's primary asset the 326 acre Flowerfield property in St. James/Stony Brook, New York.''
The sale of the aerospace division to California based Aviodyne, Inc. provides that Gyrodyne will retain potential proceeds from its existing Technology Transfer Agreement with Domier GmbH, Germany, with Aviodyne supplying expertise in the technical support function.
In combination with the disposal of its oil investments in September, the Company will realize proceeds of approximately $400,000.00.
``While neither of these sales represent a major financial impact for the Company, the Aviodyne agreement brings closure to a very significant part of Gyrodyne's history -- the design and manufacturing of helicopters for military use primarily during the 50s and 60s. ''Simply stated, from a personnel and funding standpoint, we have chosen to devote our resources on the Flowerfield property and these transactions provide some additional liquidity toward that effort,`` Maroney said.
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