Arizona Ranked #1 in Aerospace Manufacturing

Arizona our home state, is home to more than 1,200 aerospace and defense companies, according to the Arizona Commerce Authority, and the industry’s growth in the state has put it in the top ranking for aerospace manufacturing. PricewaterhouseCoopers released a ranking of the top places for aerospace manufacturing, and Arizona came in at No. 1, beating out Florida, Utah and Georgia, among others. According to the study, Arizona ranked high thanks to property and unemployment taxes, as well as operating costs and employment.

Arizona’s aerospace and defense total exports rose by almost 22 percent from 2011 to 2014, reaching a $3.47 billion total, primarily due to a near $400 million increase in aircraft, engines and parts exports, according to a 2015 study by the International Trade Administration.

Honeywell, Boeing and Raytheon are some of Arizona’s biggest hitters in the aerospace industry. PwC’s study highlights Bombardier Aerospace and its almost 14 percent increased workforce at the Tucson International Airport.

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