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400 aerospace and related support businesses; 180,000 local employees

View the Cincinnati USA Partnership's Aerospace Industry Profile

From the earliest days of commercial aviation 100 years ago, the Cincinnati-Dayton region has been a center for aerospace firms that appreciate the value of a skilled workforce, experienced professionals and significant technology strengths, including world-class research, development and commercialization talent.

The region is integrally linked to the highest levels of the industry, from parts critical to the NASA space missions, to the world's leading manufacturer of large jet engines.

Take a closer look at this driving force behind the worldwide aerospace industry:

An Experienced Workforce

  • A stable and productive workforce of 1.5 million within 50 miles of Cincinnati USA
  • More than 180,000 workers employed as engineers, mechanics and engine specialists, aircraft structure assemblers and specialists in precision production, craft and repair occupations
  • 50,000 scientists and engineers within a 50-mile radius of Cincinnati USA
  • 10,000 engineers and scientists at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base give the region one of the nation's greatest concentrations of aerospace engineering expertise

An International Leader in Aerospace

  • Wright-Patterson leads the world in transferring new military technologies to the private sector through commercial development licensing
  • The U.S. Air Force recently selected Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as the home for the National Center for Military Aerospace Medical Research, bringing several hundred new jobs to Southwestern Ohio
  • The region hosts a concentration of turbine engine development, manufacturing, maintenance, and repair activities.
  • The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport serves the region's commercial airline needs; in addition, Lunken Airport provides a large regional aviation facility.

Supply Chain Support

  • The Cincinnati-Dayton corridor ranks in the top 15 areas nationally for the number of establishments directly involved with aerospace products and parts manufacturing
  • The Cincinnati-Dayton corridor has more than 400 aerospace and related support businesses, including aircraft and parts, aircraft engines and engine parts, fabricated metal products, instruments and related products
  • Cincinnati-based TechSolve, an organization committed to increasing manufacturing competitiveness, has long been a partner and resource to the aerospace industry's original equipment manufacturers and its suppliers. TechSolve has been recognized for excellence by Boeing Co., Rockwell Collins, and the Manufacturing Technology Directories of the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Navy
  • The Ohio Aerospace Institute builds Ohio's aerospace economy through research and technology development, education and training, and collaboration and information exchange.

Top Educational Support

The region's highly-regarded educational system supports lifetime learning. With five of the nation's top 50 universities for Aerospace Engineering within 200 miles of Cincinnati USA, the region is a hotbed for aerospace educational opportunities. Some of the area's top aerospace programs include:

For more information about the region's aerospace cluster, please contact the Cincinnati USA Partnership at 513.579.3157 or You can also contact the City of Cincinnati Economic Development Division at 513.352.2499 or



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