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Savannah: The Aerospace Corridor of the Southeast

Savannah is home to Gulfstream Aerospace, the largest aerospace manufacturer in the Southeast, and is strategically located within 100 miles of Boeing in Charleston, S.C., 140 miles of Embraer in Jacksonville, Fl. and 500 miles of Airbus in Mobile, Al., 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.
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Savannah has 6 times the national average of aerospace engineers

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Gulfstream Aerospace is the largest aerospace manufacturer in the southeast.

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growth rate for Aerospace establishments in Savannah, compared to the state of Georgia

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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’s workforce talent pipeline includes a wide variety of job seekers and skilled laborers including 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. More than 350 trained and disciplined “Heroes for Hire” leave the military each month.

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.

 

Industry-Specific training

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’s students have worked with some of the most recognizable brands in the world — including Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Dell, Mattel, Microsoft, Reebok and Fisher-Price — to invent practical solutions to real world challenges.

Leading Employers in this Industry

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Regional Aerospace Employers Product/Service County
Aerofinish Inc. headquarter Aviation Consultants Chatham
Airframe Component Repair Inc. headquarter Aircraft Engines & Engine Parts Chatham
Arconic Aircraft forging Liberty
Aviation Rotables & Spare Solutions Airports, Flying Fields & Airport Terminal Services Effingham
Collins Aerospace Aircraft Parts & Equipment Chatham
BAE Systems Inc. international Aircraft Parts & Equipment Camden
DS2 international Aircraft Maintenance on Hunter Chatham
Edwards Interiors, Inc. Aircraft Cabinetry, upholstery, sheet metal detail parts, components, and subassemblies Effingham
FlightSafety International Gulfstream pilot training Chatham
Garrett Aviation Consulting Group headquarter Consulting Engineers to Aerospace Companies Chatham
G-Force Aerospace Technologies headquarter Aerospace supplier and Manufacturer Chatham
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation headquarter Jet aircraft, aerospace equipment Glynn
Honeywell International Inc. Search Detection and Navigation Instruments Chatham
PaR Marine (Jered LLC) Aircraft Parts & Equipment Glynn
LMI Aerospace Inc. Aircraft Parts & Auxiliary Equipment Chatham
MGR Aviation Service headquarter Aircraft Service and Maintenance Chatham
MSB USA international Engineering and Manufacturing of Interior Components Chatham
NEC international Space System Solutions Chatham
Precision Machine of Savannah Inc. headquarter Metal Stampings Chatham
Quaker City Plating Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anod Glynn
RG Grabber Inc. Machinery, Special Industry, Other Glynn
Roberts Calibration Inc. headquarter Airports, Flying Fields & Airport Terminal Services Chatham
Rolls-Royce North America Inc. international Aircraft Engines & Engine Parts Chatham
Savannah Aircraft Interiors headquarter Cleaning and Paint Preparation of Aircrafts Chatham
Signature Flight Support Aircraft Service and Maintenance Chatham
Southern Aviation Parts and Service Aircraft Service and Maintenance Chatham
Topcoat Metal Finishing Inc. Coating, Engraving & Allied Svcs, Other Effingham
Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corporation Aerospace Parts Chatham

*Not an all-inclusive list

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