GREENSBORO, N.C. –  TIMCO Aviation Services is the new title sponsor of the Greensboro Sports Council’s annual holiday high school basketball tournament, it was announced today. The tournament founded as the Little 4 Invitational in 1976 is now the TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank. The 37th annual TIMCO Invitational is set for Dec. 26-28, 2012 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center.

One week ago, the Greensboro Sports Council announced that its title sponsor of 16 years made an unexpected, last-minute departure. Some 48 hours after that announcement, the Council came to terms with TIMCO Aviation Services as the tournament’s title sponsor. TIMCO signed a one-year agreement with a multi-year option; no other terms will be disclosed. TIMCO is the second title sponsor in the tournament’s 36-year history.

“The TIMCO Invitational is an opportunity for us to introduce the aviation industry to a whole new group of students and parents,” TIMCO Aviation Services CEO Kevin Carter said. “We are experiencing rapid growth of the aviation industry at Piedmont Triad International Airport and in our region, and that expansion is going to drive a growing need for trained and skilled employees. By sponsoring this prestigious event, we are hopeful that we might create some exposure to our exciting industry and stir career interest among young people in our community. We are very happy to be a part of this great tournament and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”

“TIMCO Aviation Services partnering with the Greensboro Sports Council is wonderful news for a Greensboro holiday tradition,” Greensboro Sports Council president Randy Cobb said. “We are ecstatic that a local company like TIMCO has chosen to invest in our event and support our participating schools in such a meaningful manner. Their vision for the TIMCO Invitational is exciting, and it represents a great opportunity for the students at our participating schools to be exposed to the aviation industry. It is also very gratifying that we were able sign a new sponsor so quickly after announcing that our title sponsorship was available. That says a great deal about the deep community support the TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank enjoys.”

The TIMCO Invitational will feature the same stellar field and thrilling matchups that characterized last year’s event: Greensboro Day School, Grimsley High School, Northeast Guilford High School, Northern Guilford High School, Northwest Guilford High School, Page High School, Ragsdale High School and Smith High School.

For more than two decades, TIMCO Aviation Services has proudly provided aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and aerospace manufactured products to a broad array of commercial, government and military customers. TIMCO is recognized as one of the largest independent providers of airframe MRO services around the globe. Over the years, the company has grown beyond its core airframe, base maintenance business by adding engine MRO services, aircraft seat manufacturing and PMA parts, comprehensive engineering design and interiors manufacturing through its TIMCO Aerosystems division and line maintenance services at a large number of airports through its TIMCO LineCare network. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, TIMCO businesses operate at locations throughout the United States.

The TIMCO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank is an annual high school basketball tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. Founded in 1976 as the Little 4 Invitational, the tournament features men’s and women’s teams representing eight Guilford County high schools playing at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Tournament proceeds are donated to local charities and the participating schools; the tournament is planned and implemented by the Greensboro Sports Council.