Component Repair Technologies began as an idea between co-founders Thomas E. Wheeler and Charles R. Bart in the early 1980s. With their combined knowledge of business and a focus on aviation turbine repair, they were uniquely positioned to enter the growing aviation maintenance business. Armed with an innovative business plan and many years of experience, they founded Component Repair Technologies (CRT) in Mentor, Ohio in 1985. Today the company remains privately held, while retaining their founding principles that are the core of the business’s success.

Guiding Principles


Random Acts of Whatever it Takes (RĀOWIT) means we are a team. Many work environments are victims of the “not my job” mentality. CRT lives by another mantra: RĀOWIT. Something founder Tom Wheeler realized early on is that we work best as a team. He spoke highly of the employees here performing “Random Acts of Whatever it Takes.” This means anything from helping a co-worker clean up their spilled coffee, to sliding a pallet underneath a part to help a colleague. CRT employees work together as a cohesive unit in this manner. There is important work to do that requires many skills and specializations and RĀOWIT reminds us that we are all important parts of the process. We all MATTER at CRT.


Quality of Product and Quality of Service underpin the company’s world-class reputation in the aviation repair industry. Quality is why we visually inspect every part every step of the way. Quality is why we bring innovative capabilities under one roof. Quality is why we continually review and improve our procedures and processes. Quality is why our customers rely on us. Quality is why the best people work here. Quality is more than just a word at CRT. It’s everything.


Since its early years, Component Repair Technologies has held events that are centered on the employee and their families. Whether it is a picnic at the local water park, a trip to the air show, tickets to a baseball game or amusement park, or the holiday party, CRT keeps the focus on the family. The company demonstrates its commitment to providing for the employees and family with 100% paid healthcare premiums, 401(k) matching, cash bonuses, and deferred profit sharing.

Planning for Our Success

Innovation is, and always has been, a part of our business model.  The field of aviation repair demands perfection in every department by all our employees on a daily basis.  Continuous process improvements that enhance our efficiency without sacrificing quality is a major contributor to our success.

Our modern campus has grown more than 500% since our first day of business. New equipment, new technology and new processes are constantly being evaluated and added that will not only meet but exceed customer demands. As the industry evolves, new lines of business are analyzed, such as the Marine & Industrial (M&I) gas turbine engine overhaul sector.  Our core aviation-focused business line now includes M&I support as a major contributor to the overall revenue stream of the company.

Our focus is on delivering quality today and continuously improving for the future.