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As wildfires continue to burn in southern California A Mississippi aviation company may start playing a role in battling the blaze. Ridgeland based Tenax Aerospace provides services for a myriad of government agencies and their commitment to the U.S. Forestry Service is about the increase substantially.

Tenax CEO Andy Palowitch said they already provided lead aircraft in aerial firefighting, but a recent deal means they will be able to equip the USFS with another tanker.

"We had an opportunity to buy a 'scooper' aircraft which actually drops water onto a fire," Palowitch said.

A $32 million deal was reached with Bombardier, based in Canada. Tenax president Max Bowman said the company made history with the acquisition .

"It's the first time a Bombardier 415 special mission aircraft like that has been bought by a private company," Bowman said.

Bowman co-founded Tenax in 2003 with J.L. Holloway when it was just one plane leased to a defense contractor. Now, they own dozens of airplanes that operate all over the world, and if the fires continue to burn in California the fleet's newest addition could see its first action soon.

"There's a good chance that the scooper may do it's first work in California later in the week or so," Bowman said.

Tenax's corporate executive pilots, Russell Conatser and Nathan Redfield are two of 16 people the company employs in the Magnolia State. They are proud of their company's growth and what it means for raising the state's profile in technology and business. 

"Tenax does a great job demonstrating that Mississippi is a provider of worldwide service and technology," Conatser said.

"To see a company like Tenax that has explosive growth, to see so many different branches of our company are throughout the country and throughout the world right now is exciting," Redfield said.

In addition to the U.S. Forestry Service, Tenax provides specialized aircraft to the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. According to their website former director for the Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael Hayden, is on the Tenax board of directors.

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