Savannah: The Aerospace Corridor of the Southeast
Aerospace manufacturing has been a key industry in Savannah since Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation planted roots here in 1967. Today Gulfstream is the industry leader, producing the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft.
As the largest aerospace manufacturer in the Southeast, Gulfstream employs nearly 10,000 workers locally, but they aren’t the only ones calling Savannah home. More than 30 aerospace-related companies are located in Savannah, making the area a true aerospace supplier cluster.
Savannah, a Location Advantage
Not only is Savannah home to Gulfstream Aerospace, we are
strategically located within 100 miles of Boeing in Charleston, S.C., 140 miles of Embraer in Jacksonville, Fla. and 500 miles of Airbus in Mobile, Ala., making it the ideal hub as an aerospace supplier. Savannah’s central location enables convenient just-in-time part deliveries and same-day, round-trip service.
Savannah’s workforce talent
pipeline includes a wide variety of job seekers and skilled laborers. Savannah has 10 times the national average of aerospace engineers and was ranked 5th
by PricewaterhouseCoopers for aviation manufacturing talent.
With the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, as well other military bases in the area, 37,300 total active duty military personnel are located within 45 miles of Savannah, with more than 350 trained and disciplined “Heroes for Hire” leaving the military each month.
Aerospace-related companies that do business in the Savannah area enjoy many advantages, among them access to workers with industry-specific training. Georgia is among the highest producers of aerospace graduates in the nation, and the Savannah area offers a number of educational options for those interested in careers in the field:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Pooler campus offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, along with undergraduate certifications, in a number of industry-related fields.
Savannah Technical College’s Aviation Technology Department offers programs of study in aircraft structures manufacture and repair, luxury craft cabinetmaking, and aircraft electrical equipment repair and installation.
Savannah Tech’s new 30,000-square-foot Aviation Training Center features a 5,000-square-foot hangar, four labs designed and equipped for hands-on, instruction, and classrooms.
Savannah College of Art and Design’s top-ranked industrial design program works with Gulfstream Aerospace, JCB, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, General Electric and more to improve product design.
Savannah’s aerospace industries enjoy the same benefits as other businesses in the city’s advanced manufacturing sector, including state and local incentives
, easy access to the Port of Savannah, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and nationally recognized workforce training programs, among others.