A global leader in aerospace.
F or more than a century, Washington State has been at the very forefront of innovation in the aerospace industry, designing and building some of the most advanced and successful commercial and military aircraft, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and space exploration vehicles the world has ever seen.
Building on our century of know-how, Washington continues to be a dominant force in the aviation and space industry. Over the last 100 years, more than 31,000 aircraft – including every 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 ever built, plus the vast majority of 787 Dreamliners – have emerged from Washington factories. The next-generation 777X is also being built in the state.
More than a thousand aerospace-related companies benefit from this dense ecosystem of innovation and invention, serving as the supply chain for every major aircraft manufacturer and air carrier in the world. Washington is the #2 supplier to Airbus.
Leveraging its rich history in aerospace and leadership in advanced manufacturing and information technology, Washington is also home to a rapidly growing space cluster, featuring such visionary firms as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin, Kymeta, Spaceflight Industries and SpaceX.
Washington’s century of know-how
Compelling reasons to choose Washington.
Exploring new ideas in electric propulsion, composites, unmanned and autonomous vehicles and satellites, the state’s leadership in aviation and space ensures a steady supply of work for savvy businesses and investors who want to be part of Washington’s world-class supply chain.
To promote innovation and industry growth, the state offers aerospace companies an array of incentives, including reduced tax credits for preproduction development expenditures and property/leasehold taxes paid, sales and use tax exemptions for computer hardware and software, and construction of new facilities used to manufacture commercial airplanes, fuselages and wings.
The industry is supported by innovative public-private partnerships, such as the Center for Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing, Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center and the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation. An emphasis on training and education ensures a steady stream of highly trained specialists in avionics, robotics, logistics, production, interiors and advanced materials. Research and development at the state’s major universities as well as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory drives additional innovation and invention in the sector.
The State of U.S. Aerospace
2019 Aerospace Competitive Economics Study
Aerospace Trade Shows
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Workforce Training Resources
- Washington Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline Advisory Committee
- Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Materials Manufacturing
- University of Washington’s William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Aerospace Curriculum Alignment Team (ACAT)
- Aerospace JointApprenticeship Committee
- Washington Aerospace Research & Training Center
Washington’s Largest Aerospace Firms
- Blue Origin
- Aviation Technical Services
- AIM Aerospace
- Exotic Metals
- Janicki Industries
- Korry Electronics
- Collins Aerospace
- Triumph Group
Contact us today!
If you’re an aerospace company that wants to soar to new heights, you’ll want to put Washington State on your radar. We have a talented team of business experts to help you maximize your potential in Washington, whether you’re looking to add more production capacity, invest in an established business, expand your company or find new partners in the most sophisticated and advanced aerospace supply chain in the world.
To find out more about Washington State’s booming aerospace sector, call (206) 256-6100 or email one of our aerospace business experts listed below.
Robin Toth, Director of Economic Development, Aerospace Sector – Phone: (206) 256-6103
Amandine Crabtree, Aerospace International Trade Specialist – Phone: (206) 256-6137
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