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TEAMates.

FLS Aerospace tries to make the former Aer Lingus MRO subsidiary feel a part of the family

The first thing you notice when you tour the aircraft overhaul complex on the airport here is the fleet of 30 brand-new bicycles that mechanics hop on and off of to move around the 77,800-sq.-m site with its four widebody and nine narrowbody bays.

The bikes have been introduced by Steffen Harpoth, president and CEO of FLS Aerospace (IRI) Ltd., as part of an ongoing drive to capture the hearts and minds of the workers of the former Aer Lingus engineering subsidiary TEAM and integrate them into the FLS Aerospace group, which took them over, for a price that has been played exceptionally close to the corporate chest, at the start of this year. The best that Harpoth would tell ATW on price was that it was "very favorable."

There is no need to look very far to discover the reasons for the strenuous efforts being made by the new owners to get and keep the ex-TEAM workers onboard, for the takeover negotiations were strung out during the whole of 1998 and produced a bruising battle. …

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