NBAA Convention News

Rockford’s Doors Open for Aerospace

 - October 31, 2012, 5:50 PM
B/E Aerospace will open a new 38,000-sq-ft ecosystems assembly facility

For the third year in a row, the Rockford (Ill.) Area Aerospace Network (Booth No. 2930) is attending the NBAA Convention to demonstrate the region’s continuing growth as an aviation manufacturing hub. Since last year’s show, the Rockford area (the ninth-largest center of aerospace activity in the U.S.) has seen turbine engine specialist Woodward announce it will be launching a second $200 million campus in the region that will support 1,400 new jobs; cabin interior components provider B/E Aerospace open a new 38,000-sq-ft ecosystems assembly facility; and Forest City Gear break ground on a new 8,000-sq-ft expansion that will add jobs. Recently a new community-based initiative, the Joint Institute of Engineering & Technology-Aerospace, was launched to attract aerospace talent and well paying jobs. The Rockford region is the sixth largest in the nation in terms of concentration of aerospace production employment. “The Rockford region is good at aerospace,” said Rockford area economic development council president Janyce Fadden. “We have the critical mass of suppliers and infrastructure that tier-one suppliers and original equipment manufacturers need. When aerospace companies do business in our region, they benefit immediately from the instant supply chain that [Rockford Area Aerospace Network] provides.”