Aerospace and Aviation

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

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

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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Aerospace & Aviation in Ohio

Ohio’s aerospace and aviation industry is known for its research, leadership and industrious workforce. This reputation has helped attract, build and nurture a comprehensive aerospace and aviation industry capable of taking innovation to new heights. Download the Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Industry Map.

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.

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 and aerospace and aviation
June 21, 2019

In Ohio, our aerospace and aviation workforce and R&D, our 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.

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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