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New Site On The Horizon For SCS Interiors

Aviation spurs growth in Duluth Airpark

SCS Aircraft Interiors is crafting leather seats for the new Cirrus jet, which will be built in Duluth. “We are forever defined by our craftsmanship,” said Mike Hudyma, SCS general manager.

What began as a father-son automotive-upholstery shop in a two-stall garage in 1989 has become a leading component manufacturer for the aviation industry. SCS Aircraft Interiors will employ at least 18 people by the time the company moves into its new 18,000-square-foot building in Duluth’s Airpark in March. By all accounts, it appears that SCS Aircraft Interiors created its business plan with as much finesse as it employs in crafting leather upholstery for Cirrus Design Corp. and other clients.

Early in his career, Dave Hudyma, CEO, owned and operated an automotive-upholstery business in Rapid City, SD. He moved back to Duluth, purchased a similar company and welcomed his son Mike into the business in 1989. The two were still sewing upholstery covers themselves when SCS moved to its present location in the city’s business/industrial park in 2001. Soon, the father-son team phased out the automotive side of the business to focus exclusively on supplying custom aircraft components for Cirrus planes (such as leather seat covers and foam kits, door/grab handles, throttle knobs and center consoles).

Groundbreaking Above: SCS Aircraft Interiors broke ground in Duluth’s Airpark on July 7, 2008. Participating were (from left) Paul Winship, architect, Krech Ojard & Associates; Dave Hudyma, SCS CEO; Andy McDonough, Port Authority industrial development director; Mike Hudyma, SCS general manager; and Paul Senst, project manager, RJS Construction Group.

As the demand for Cirrus planes expanded, so did staff and space requirements at SCS Aircraft Interiors. In fact, SCS expanded three times at its current location before completely outgrowing its building this year. "We’ve had initial talks with the interiors group for the Cirrus jet (Vision SJ50) and expect to start in on that project in the fourth quarter of this year," notes Mike Hudyma, SCS general manager. "Then, we will need every inch of space in our new building."


Krech Ojard’s architectural rendering of the new SCS site.

Before their projected move, Dave and Mike will have their hands full. "We expect to hire five more people immediately," notes Mike.


"There will be new machines to install, materials to order and people to train, plus a construction project to manage."

The Hudymas plan to handle the rush of activity the same way they always have: together. We're both hard workers. We want things done and done right," says Dave. "We split up some of the responsibilities, like accounting and human resources, but it’s good to be able to bounce ideas off another person — to look at things from different perspectives."

"I learned all of my upholstery skills from my dad," notes Mike, "and all of the other skills that fall under running a business. We both like things to be perfect. Upholstery is still a ‘craft’ — a trade — and you have to feel proud of your handiwork. While we may never meet our end customers face-to-face these days, we ask employees to envision presenting the finished product to a customer. Each piece is inspected at least seven times before it goes out the door. We are forever defined by our craftsmanship."

For their commitment to quality and innovative business development, Dave and Mike Hudyma were presented the Mature Entrepreneur Award at the Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards ceremony in Duluth in April.

"The expansion of SCS Aircraft Interiors helps solidify the strength of our growing aviation sector," says Andy McDonough, industrial development director for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, which developed the Airpark. He also noted that SCS will benefit from Minnesota’s JOBZ (Job Opportunity Building Zone) program. "It’s been a pleasure to work with the Hudymas and witness such tremendous growth in just a few short years."

Customer Testimonials

Just wanted to say thanks for the great work in getting a carpet kit for my Cessna 182D with a Selkirk interior completed. You guys were awesome to work with and the carpet fits perfectly! ~Chris L.

I have received the carpet in Oshkosh on time. I am very happy with the quality and I will definitely recommend you to my pilot friends. Your customer service is phantastic! Thanks from a happy customer in Munich, Germany. Thomas

Impeccable service…Great to deal with an obviously professional company. I am an extremely happy customer and would be definitely doing business with you again and will be highly recommending you to my fellow pilots here at my club.David

I bought a floor mat and the quality was terrific. It’s difficult to know your quality via the website. The floor mat is a secret weapon. Shocking how it awakens a mid-life interior into something fresh. It completely covers the most worn portion of existing carpet.David

We received the floor mat today and we are thrilled! Thank you and your team for fixing this for us so quickly. It is in better shape than before the tear. You exemplify customer service and we are proud to have your product in our airplane. Thank you again! Cory

Hi Mike, Just wanted to follow up regarding the interior. It looks fantastic! If any prospective customers would like a reference, feel free to have them contact me. It was an absolute pleasure working with you! Thanks, Tom

Your firm is focused on producing a top quality product that meets or exceeds the customer's expectations. SCS keeps in personal contact with the customer to make sure that the customer is absolutely getting what they want. -Mike

I’ve got to be honest with you Mike, that embroidery and the blue thread you picked looks FANTASTIC!!! WOW! You guys did a great job. –Steve

Thank you both so much for the beautiful job you did installing the new headliner in my 1967 Buick Skylark. We already showed it off at a car show and had inquiries as to who installed it. Also, thank you for replacing the rear, passenger interior light lens. That was a very pleasant surprise. It meant a lot to me that you took the time and expense to do that and you wouldn’t charge me for it. –Kathy

Mike is very responsive as we had a couple of suggestions which he incorporated within 24 hours and had our covers back to us overnight. I hope he sells a ton of them, because he deserves the business. –Tom

Just thought I would let you know we picked up our Eclipse yesterday and installed the carpet runner and seat covers! Super job! They are all perfect and love the way the 4 seat configuration turned out. -Shari

…Just to say thanks for my floor mats for my PA28 Archers –they all fit perfectly and look great! –Derick

The mats are installed and look great, fit is perfect. …I flew some passengers last week who commented on how great they look. –Tom

received the carpet for the Matrix. …they are great and fit perfectly -Carlos

...and just to let everyone know, you can't go wrong with SCS Interiors. I know several of us have their mats and have been really happy. I had some problems developing on the border of one of the wing mats and a tear from the grips on the passenger side front mat. I sent them both back to SCS when the plane was in for annual and they were back and completely restored way before the plane was done. And the work was done at no cost which in today's world is unheard of. The quality is great, the customer service is even better. I can't think of another investment that has done so much to help keep my wings and interior looking brand new. -Steve M.

…the floor mats arrived and I gave them to Jason last week. He was very pleased with the finished product. I appreciate all of your hard work and efforts to get the logo worked out with him. –Marcia

Just wanted to let you know that the front and rear mats fit perfectly for my Arrow. Thanks again for your great service. -Cary