Ohio holds a special place as the foundation and catalyst for the aerospace industry. It was Dayton, Ohio, that was at the forefront of aerospace development, serving as the Wright Brothers’ home base and research lab. After patenting and growing into one of the first airplane manufacturers, they proved the viability of engine- propelled aircraft. Ohio’s impact on the aerospace industry expanded further throughout the 20th century.
Ohio manufacturing businesses converted to wartime production during WWII, with aerospace businesses and other manufacturers providing much-need parts for military aircraft. In 1941, the precursor to NASA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, established the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland. By locating one of its largest research centers in Ohio, NASA could recruit and develop its astronauts locally; a total of 25 astronauts hailed from Ohio. This facility is now just one of NASA’s 10 locations in the United States and continues to conduct engine-based research as the John Glenn Research Center.
After Cleveland was chosen as the location for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Research Facility, Ohio quickly became a location for astronauts to be trained and recruited. Aerospace manufacturing expanded in the 1950s, as part supplies and engineering firms grew, keeping Ohio involved in various civilian and military projects. MB Kit Systems continues this tradition by building custom machine frames, specialty enclosures and work platforms for aerospace suppliers and companies.
NASA Glenn Research, home of astronauts
Beyond the success of NASA in Ohio, the private and public sectors invested heavily in the state. Various research facilities developed in Ohio, including the University of Dayton Research Institute, which allowed cutting edge research to take place and attracted additional companies. Over the years, numerous aerospace testing and production facilities launched in the state, including Orbital Research Inc., Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics. Ohio grew to become an integral part of aerospace production and, to this day, Ohio companies are the largest suppliers to both Airbus and Boeing. 2016 is also a notable year for the NASA Glenn Research Center as this marks the 75th year that they have been innovating within a range of propulsion technologies.
Current Aerospace Industry Impact
“The U.S. aerospace and defense industry is poised to add 39,443 jobs in 2016, an increase of about 3.2% and the first job growth in the sector in five years”
The aerospace industry is one of the largest export centers for the United States and estimates place “total aerospace and defense gross exports in 2015 at $143.3 billion”
The estimated impact of the aerospace industry has an $8 billion impact on the Ohio economy. Notably, Wright Patterson Air Force Base has a $5 billion impact on the state economy. NASA Glenn Research Center also contributes $1.3 billion to Ohio’s gross state product. Mike Heil, president of OAI (Ohio Aerospace Initiative), estimates that more than 1,200 Ohio companies are generating $2.13 billion in sales and are employing nearly 130,000 workers for the production of airplane parts. The state’s education system supports the ongoing growth and development of this industry, with the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati each maintaining aviation and aerospace research centers, with a total of 10 state universities offer aerospace doctorates.
Custom assemblies for aerospace applications
MB Kit Systems has years of experience successfully collaborating with suppliers and manufacturers in the aerospace industry. Our can design complex machine bases, and assembly equipment meeting exact specifications.
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