Aerospace and Aviation

Ohio is pushing the boundaries through cutting-edge research and collaborative partnerships

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The Wright brothers established Ohio as the birthplace of aviation through their work to make controlled flight possible. Today, cutting-edge research and collaborative partnerships keep Ohio on the map as the epicenter for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), hybrid electric engines and other advanced aerospace technologies.

From commercial aircraft engines and fluid handling to navigation systems and infrared imaging sensors, more than 540 aerospace and aviation companies in Ohio provide access to products and services critical to the industry and its advancement.

In Ohio, these companies benefit from:

  • Significant statewide R&D investments and industry-leading research centers. With $12 billion in annual R&D investment, Ohio is home to institutions at the leading edge of advanced aircraft development and space research, including the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Battelle and the Ohio UAS Center.
  • Highly skilled workers and a growing talent pool. Ohio is home to more than 38,000 aerospace and aviation private sector professionals. In addition, more than 80 campuses in Ohio have engineering programs, including the nation’s largest public university, The Ohio State University. These institutions graduate more than 13,000 engineers and engineering technicians annually.
  • Unparalleled access to manufacturers, suppliers and buyers. As the nation’s leading supplier state to Airbus and Boeing, Ohio has proven expertise and productivity in an established supply chain, with key competencies including propulsion, landing and braking systems, advanced materials, fluid handling and motion control, unmanned aerial systems, as well as sensors and integrated aircraft systems.

Collaboration with academia, government and industry-leading organizations. Ohio companies are forming innovative partnerships to enhance capabilities and explore and develop new technologies. Recently, Dayton-based VyrtX announced an expansion to Springfield to partner with the ARFL and the Ohio UAS Center to develop technology allowing for the potential transport of organ donations between hospitals by drones.

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Precision Castparts Corp. Establishing New R&D Campus for Aviation Engineering and Manufacturing in Mason, Ohio, R&D Park

The new $128 million lab will be close to clients and resources to build a strong talent pool
December 20, 2019

Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC), a global manufacturer of complex metal components and products for critical aerospace and industrial markets, is investing $128 million in a new 31-acre R&D and manufacturing campus in Ohio. Business and economic development partnerships as well as proximity to multiple clients and commercial diverse engineering firms created the ideal environment for the company to test a new integration model.

Ohio Pushes Aerospace and Aviation Forward with Breakthroughs in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Ohio Pushes Aerospace and Aviation Forward with Breakthroughs in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Ohio offers unparalleled access to talent, resources and partnerships for expanding aerospace businesses
Glenn Richardson, managing director of advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation
October 25, 2019

In Ohio, our aerospace and aviation workforce and R&D, academic institutions, hundreds of suppliers and manufacturers, and cutting-edge advancements in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) make the state an unmatched location to expand and develop an aerospace company.

50 Years After Apollo 11, Ohio’s Aerospace Contributions are Still Mission Critical

50 Years After Apollo 11, Ohio’s Aerospace Contributions are Still Mission Critical

The extraordinary environment for aerospace technology that put Armstrong on the moon continues today
Glenn Richardson, managing director, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation
October 25, 2019

Ohio is known as “the birthplace of aviation,” but its resources also helped get mankind to the moon. The Lewis Research Center was home to much of the testing and consulting for, and even the naming of, the Apollo 11 mission. Today, Ohio is where companies and research facilities continue to advance aerospace and aviation innovation.

Growing Aerospace Manufacturer Hydro-Aire Expands in Ohio with Over $8.5 Million Investment

Company will construct a second facility adjacent to its existing Elyria location
August 14, 2019

Hydro-Aire Inc. — a division of Crane Aerospace & Electronics — has been doing business in Elyria for more than 100 years. At capacity in its current facility, the company is adding a second building to grow its product lines.

Consolidated Precision Products Expands in Ohio, Pledges 128 Jobs

Aerospace and defense component manufacturer’s new facility will use state-of-the-art automation
August 1, 2019

To meet new market opportunities, Consolidated Precision Products needed to construct a new advanced manufacturing facility for aerospace and defense customers using state-of-the-art robotic and automation technology to produce in-demand products at competitive market prices.

Voss Industries Chooses to Stay in Northeast Ohio, Creating Nearly 60 New Jobs

Aerospace manufacturer will relocate to a larger and modern plant in Berea
April 1, 2019

Voss Industries is one of the world’s leading suppliers of highly engineered products for a wide array of industries, particularly aerospace. Increased demand meant the company needed to find a larger and modern space for long-term growth in Ohio. In its search, Voss found the right location in Northeast Ohio to handle the expanding company and retain and grow its talented workforce.

New COTSWORKS R&D Center Will Be a FORCE in Aerospace Optoelectronics

Investment opens door for technology innovation in Highland Heights, Ohio
February 6, 2019

As pressure from international competitors closed in on COTSWORKS, the company began seeking ways to build an R&D center. With support from a JobsOhio R&D Center Grant, COTSWORKS will establish its Fiber Optic Research Center of Excellence, or FORCE, which will be dedicated to aerospace optoelectronics. This facility will grow Northeast Ohio’s high-tech manufacturing capability and workforce and enable the company to better serve customers such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Research & Development Center Grant

JobsOhio is committed to supporting pioneers in the state and driving industry-changing innovation. That’s why we created the JobsOhio Research & Development (R&D) Center Grant which includes up to $100 million of overall funding assistance that helps facilitate the creation of new R&D centers across Ohio in nine targeted industries.

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