Pictured from left to right: Our founder and grandpa, Alonzo Francis. Our Dad, Stan Francis, and Uncle John Francis.


"IT'S IN OUR BLOOD"

“IT'S BEEN IN OUR BLOOD EVER SINCE WE CAN REMEMBER. THE FRANCIS FAMILY LEGACY IN THE INDUSTRY IS SURPRISINGLY LONG, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE EVER-EVOLVING NATURE OF THE GEOSPATIAL INDUSTRY." 

KELLY FRANCIS, AERO-GRAPHICS CO-PRESIDENT

CAPTURING THE RIGHT DATA FOR A CUSTOMER COMES DOWN TO A LOT MORE THAN WHAT SENSOR YOU CHOOSE...

Aero-Graphics was founded in 1965, when original owner Clyde Condley saw a business opportunity to provide aerial photography for pipeline alignment sheets. Shortly after the company’s founding, Kelly and Casey’s father Stan Francis, was hired as a draftsman, and eventually worked his way up to become the General Manager. When Clyde decided to move on from the business, he offered the company to Stan – who would run the company for the next thirty years. When it was time for him to step down, the company was turned over to Casey and Kelly, who have now been at the helm for over twenty years.  

It would be a mistake, however, to confuse such continuity and longevity for stasis. The company has transformed since its forming. At its outset, Aero-Graphics was primarily a drafting enterprise – collecting aerial photography and drawing assets such as pipelines and mileposts on mylar deliverables. As the technology for photogrammetry and lidar and GIS came on the scene, the company evolved to take on new technologies, new industries and new challenges.

“ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES AERO-GRAPHICS UNIQUE, AND WHY SOME OF OUR CLIENTS HAVE BEEN WITH US SO LONG, IS BECAUSE THEY TRUST US TO KNOW WHAT THEY NEED.” 

CASEY FRANCIS, AERO-GRAPHICS CO-PRESIDENT

With a portfolio of technologies (including the ability to add new tools or partner with other providers on particularly specialized needs), Aero-graphics has created a rainbow palate of technology that they can use to paint the right picture for their customers. 

“That’s our whole mission in what we do – we have all the different technologies and sensors that we can put to work on different applications – and that makes us very flexible and agile,” says Kelly.

This closeness to their customers also allows Aero-Graphics to view them not as one-time transactions, but as relationships to be built. Some clients have been hiring Aero-Graphics for decades – which demonstrates the level of trust and faith that they place in their ability to exceed their needs.

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Excerpt taken from Carla Lauter‘s piece published in Geo Week News.

 
 

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