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Civil Aviation Manufacturing in North Carolina

Civil aviation manufacturing is a significant contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and North Carolina’s growing role in the industry’s supply chain is apparent. The sector continues to experience rapid growth despite U.S. and global recessions.

North Carolina understands the value of manufacturing and has the infrastructure in place to support it. Already a traditional manufacturing powerhouse with over 388,000 employees and 19 percent of the state’s GDP driven by manufacturing, the state has emerged as a reliable choice for world-class aviation and aerospace operations, such as Turbomeca, GE, Honda Aircraft, UTC Aerospace Systems and Spirit AeroSystems. More than 180 companies are engaged in aerospace manufacturing in North Carolina, and North Carolina workers are 36 percent more productive than workers elsewhere in the United States.

In 2012 Aviation Week, the world’s premiere media organization tracking this vital industry, took note of North Carolina’s growing importance in aviation manufacturing by selecting the state to host its first conference focused entirely on the needs of manufacturers and suppliers in this sector.  Due to the success of that year's gathering, Aviation Week’s Civil Aviation Manufacturing Conference returned to Charlotte the following year with its unique platform bringing together the leaders of major manufacturers and suppliers to discuss manufacturing capabilities—examining, evaluating and, where possible, putting common solutions and best practices into place.

The State of North Carolina was the Executive Level sponsor of the conference, held May 7–8, 2013 at The Renaissance Charlotte Suites in Charlotte.

State Of North Carolina Partner Organizations


North Carolina’s presence at Aviation Week’s Civil Aviation Manufacturing Conference was made possible by generous support from these organizations:



Charlotte USA represents one of the most dynamic and diversified locations in North America. This 16-county region—12 in North Carolina and 4 in South Carolina—is home to more than 900 foreign-owned firms, nine FORTUNE 500 company headquarters and a growing population of 2.6+ million residents. With nonstop air service connecting 75 percent of the U.S. population to our region, we believe Charlotte USA is the most ideal location to begin or expand your business operation. The Charlotte Regional Partnership offers site selection services to companies at no charge. Visit for more information or contact David Swenson at


The economic development region east of Raleigh, N.C. encompasses 6,907 mi2 (11,116 km2) and approximately one million residents. Global aerospace assets include AAR, DSM Dyneema, Honeywell, Kidde, Eaton, Defense Holdings and Spirit Aerosystems. Major MROs include Mountain Air Cargo (Civilian F/W aircraft) and the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center East/Vertical Lift Center of Excellence (Military F/W, R/W & Tiltrotor aircraft, turbine engines and UAVs). At the center of the region is the N.C. Global TransPark, a multimodal (5800 acres owned/2800 acres permitted/2,337 half acres) business/industrial park with an operating FTZ and 11,500 ft. Cat 1 runway. Tel: +1-800-474-8499,


The North Carolina Global TransPark (GTP) is a 2,500-acre, multimodal industrial park offering unparalleled access to air, rail, highways and North Carolina's two international ports. The GTP boasts a pro-business climate aimed at growing the aerospace, logistics, emergency services, defense contracting and supporting industries. Companies at the GTP can take advantage of available existing industrial facilities, shovel-ready building sites, a streamlined permitting process, property tax exemptions and onsite workforce training and education facilities. Visit to find out why companies like Spirit AeroSystems, Delta Private Jets, DB Schenker and Mountain Air Cargo have chosen the North Carolina Global TransPark.


The Piedmont Triad Region in Central North Carolina is home to more than 30 aviation companies with nearly 5,000 employees. The Aviation Sector is flourishing here due to our manufacturing infrastructure, supply-chain capabilities, excellent location and business climate. Honda Aircraft Co., TIMCO, B/E Aerospace, Purolator/Facet and Triumph have all made the recent decision to expand their capital investment or employment here in our region. Specialized education programs in the community colleges, engineering schools and public high schools support the training and skill sets required for the advanced manufacturing and maintenance occupations in aviation and
aerospace today.
The North Carolina Dept. of Commerce is the state's lead economic development agency, providing companies with personalized business and site location assistance. Our team can link your company into the existing industry, statewide support and talent pool that continue to attract and keep the leading aerospace and aviation companies. With our growing supply chain, research strengths and customized training programs, your company will find an ideal place to Thrive.