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Sonex Awarded Oshkosh Small Business of the Year

Oshkosh, WI- November 8, 2005


Sonex,ltd was pleased to receive the "Small Business of the Year Award" at the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting on November 7th, 2005. The Press Release from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Follows:

OSHKOSH (November 8, 2005)—Sonex, Ltd. received the Small Business of the Year Award Monday evening.

The award was presented during the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce’s 98th Annual Meeting and Recognition Program, held at the Oshkosh Convention Center.

The Monnett family, owners of Sonex, Ltd., is a leader in the homebuilt aircraft design industry and the aviation industry in general.

John Monnett and his family have been a part of the aviation industry for decades. They have experienced financial hardship, and, most recently, profound success. They have penetrated new markets with their product, distinguished themselves from the competition and persevered with a reputation in the industry that stands for simplicity, affordability and performance.

Sonex was founded in 1997 at the home of John and Betty Monnett. Since 1998, sales of their homebuilt aircraft plans, kits and components have soared. In just the past four years, the company has averaged 30 percent growth, and Sonex aircraft are now flying or under construction in 23 countries on every continent. The Monnetts attribute this growth to producing a consistent product that allows aviators to build their own airplane for an affordable price. While plans for the aircraft took
thousands of hours to complete, the tenacity has paid off in the long run. Customers have fewer technical questions and know they are purchasing a safe, reliable aircraft.

The Monnetts’ success has not gone unnoticed. Their story has been featured not only in local publications, but also in Forbes Magazine and Popular Mechanics.

Not only are the Monnetts well-known in the aviation industry, but they are well-known in Oshkosh, where the entire family has immersed themselves in service to the community. Family members serve non-profit organizations and are members of service clubs, EAA and Chamber committees. But perhaps most notably, Jeremy Monnett has taken an active role in the future of Wittman Regional Airport and educates the public on its importance to Oshkosh and Winnebago County.
FMI: Contact Jeremy Monnett, Sonex General Manager at the numbers or e-mail below.
Tel (Info/Orders): 920.231.8297
Tel (Tech Line): 920.230.8324
Fax: 920.426.8333

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