The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) represents the more than 2,000 businesses from 45 states that supply parts, equipment and services for the construction and maintenance of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Established in 2004, ACIBC seeks to preserve the strength of the aircraft carrier force and promote the value of the aircraft carrier industrial base as a vital part of the nation’s overall defense structure.


General Inquiries

Media Inquiries

Steve Bassermann


Widely recognized as leaders in the aircraft carrier industry, our coalition’s leadership brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the coalition that is critical in advocating and raising awareness for the aircraft carrier industrial base.

Richard Giannini

President and CEO
Milwaukee Valve Company

Since 1998, Richard A. (Rick) Giannini has been President and CEO of Milwaukee Valve Company, a leading manufacturer of valves for the marine, commercial and industrial markets. The company is the largest supplier of bronze navy standard valves for the United States Navy’s carriers.

Darrell Grow

Chief Operating Officer

Darrell Grow is the Chief Operating Officer of AMMCON Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. AMMCON corporation manufactures pipe fittings and flanges for the defense industry and machined components for the heavy equipment, pump and aerospace industries.

Lisa Dante Papini

Dante Valve Company

Lisa Dante Papini is the President of both Dante Valve Company and Danco Valve Company. Dante Valve Company is a distributor of valves and related products for both defense and commercial applications. Danco Valve Company manufactures a variety of military specification valves for shipboard applications. 

Susan H. Kelly

Regional Board Member
Mid-Atlantic Region

Chief Executive Officer
Jo-Kell Inc.

Susan Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer of Jo-Kell, Inc., an electrical distributor and solutions provider servicing the military, commercial marine and industrial markets.

Ben Thacker

Regional Board Member
Southern Region

Government Sales and Compliance

Randy Mellinger

Regional Board Member
Western Region

Chief Executive Officer
Mellinger Engineering

Randy Mellinger is the Chief Executive Officer and owner of Mellinger Engineering Inc., a family owned specialty valve manufacturing company.  With over 50 years of engineering experience, Randy is considered to be an expert in his field.  MEI continues to be awarded crucial contracts from the defense department and is respected as a critical valve supplier to the United States Navy.

Peter Borden

Regional Board Member
Mid-Western Region

VP Strategic Sales & Marketing
General Tool Company

Peter Borden is VP of Strategic Sales & Marketing at General Tool Company in Cincinnati, OH. GTC is a small business that has provided systems and hardware for U.S. Navy ships since the 1970’s. Currently, the company supplies EMALS and AAG hardware for Ford-class aircraft carriers.  

Harry Epstein

Regional Board Member
Northeast Region

Chief Executive Officer
Marine Electric Systems

Harry Epstein is the Chief Executive Officer of Marine Electric Systems, a Department of Defense contractor since 1942 that manufactures process control instrumentation, power systems, proximity sensors, explosive detection equipment,  audio aides and navigational aides.


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