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Employee Spotlight: Christian Broschardt


If there’s a part that’s metal on an Enstrom helicopter, there’s a good chance I had a hand in creating it. My name is Christian Broschardt. I work in the sheet metal department at Enstrom on the CNC press brake, which we affectionately call “Big Red.” With this powerful tool, I can help shape everything from fan shrouds to seat decks.

Big Red is quite the upgrade over its predecessor, Little Green, a machine I’m pretty sure was originally used to help construct the Great Pyramid of Giza.

I’m incredibly thankful for Chuck Surack stepping in and saving Enstrom from bankruptcy. His ownership has allowed me to stay connected to my Enstrom family. As an Enstrom employee, I take pride in my work. I love working with others to discover solutions. My only regret in my career so far is not joining the Enstrom family sooner!

I graduated from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in 2007 with high honors. I’ve also earned my Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license. In 2008, I accepted a job to work for Wisconsin Airlines in Norfolk Virginia. What initially attracted me to Enstrom was the prospect of being closer to my family and grown children who live in Wisconsin Rapids. My loving wife and I made the life-changing decision to move to the Menominee area in 2012, and we’ve never looked back! As a family, we love video games, road-tripping on my Ultra Classic Harley Davidson, and camping in the beautiful wilderness surrounding Lake Michigan.

My life philosophy is you will never know what it’s like to reach the top of the mountain if you’re only setting goals to climb halfway up. It’s why I never do anything halfway. I’ve found my perspective fits perfectly into Enstrom’s company culture, one where we’re all striving to build the best safe, powerful, and affordable helicopters.

So, the next time you look at your Enstrom’s stabilizer, you know who to thank; me and Big Red.

About Enstrom Helicopter

From Rudy Enstrom’s early designs in 1943 to initial testing in a Michigan Quarry in 1957 to aircraft operating on six continents, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has maintained a reputation for safety, value and performance. Based in Menominee, Michigan and proudly made in the United States, Enstrom has a rich history for design innovation. The goal is to provide helicopters to the customer’s exact specification and deliver support and maintenance worldwide.