SLC Regional Resource | February 2014

Aeronautics in the SLC States: Cleared for Takeoff

Sujit CanagaRetna

A generation ago, a number of foreign automakers began establishing manufacturing operations in the South, in states represented by The Council of State Governments' Southern Office, the Southern Legislative Conference. In a move that parallels this important automotive industry trend, economic analysts now are seeing another development: the increasing number of aeronautics companies that are locating, relocating or expanding their manufacturing operations in the South, a trend particularly discernible in the aftermath of the Great Recession.