PENROSE, Colo., July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Estes Industries, the leading manufacturer of innovative hobby products for the model rocket industry, announced today that Bill Stine is appointed Vice President and General Manager, effective July 11, 2018.

Estes Industries New General Manager Bill Stine

Bill Stine is a rocketry expert with more than 40 years of experience designing, manufacturing, and marketing model rockets. Bill has held several key leadership roles throughout his hobby industry career. Bill is the founder and former President of Quest Aerospace and served in executive roles at RCS Rocket Motor Components, Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC), and Enertek.

“I am very excited to be working here with Ellis and the Estes team. Ellis and I share a common vision of who Estes is and where we would like to see it go,” said Bill Stine.

Bill Stine (NAR#24) is the son of G. Harry Stine who is known worldwide as the ‘Father of Model Rocketry’ and founder of National Association of Rocketry. Bill is also the author of the 7th Edition of The Handbook of Model Rocketry.

“It’s wonderful to have the Stine name associated with our company again after 60 years. Bill’s father worked so closely with Vern Estes to start this industry and now Bill will work with us to carry Estes forward into the next 60 years,” said Ellis Langford, President of Estes Industries. 

Bill Stine’s appointment follows the retirement of Division Vice President and General Manager, James Mauss.

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