High Cost of Living Brings Aviation Company Back to Tulsa

Tom and Yvonne Dundore are coming back to Tulsa.

In 1995 the couple moved their aviation business, AV Duct, to Florida to live the “good life.”

While business has been strong the cost of living and the cost of doing business has increased — making it impractical to remain in the Sunshine State.

It costs about 40 cents per gallon more just for fuel, he said.

After 11 years it was time to come home.

Oklahoma has the advantage of being centrally located which saves customers travel costs.

As a certified service center, AV Duct has the benefit of doing business almost anywhere, he said, adding that customers seek them out and send them their repairs.

The company specializes in the repair and overhauling of commercial aircraft ducting.

The company plans to move seven of its 10 employees back to Tulsa.

AV Duct recently bought 2.06 acres in the Eastpark Industrial Park at Pine Street and 161st East Avenue. Plans are to build a new building and be up and running by the end of this year.

“Cost of living is so much better here,” he said, noting that they will be able to increase the size of their facility allowing themselves growth room for the future. ?

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