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Airbus Chairman Predicts Aerospace Growth for Charlotte Region

Carolina Headlines - Aeronautics

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte region is poised to become a global aerospace leader, the chairman of Airbus Americas Inc. recently told the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. According to an article in The Charlotte Observer, Allan McArtor believes the Charlotte area has the ideal combination of resources to foster a thriving aerospace community. He noted the area’s manufacturing infrastructure, high-tech community, proximity to several research universities and the highly educated, highly skilled workforce. He also praised the quality of life found in and around Charlotte.

Airbus purchases approximately US$10 billion annually in airplane supplies from U.S. manufacturers. Some primary suppliers to Airbus are located in North Carolina, including Goodrich, which is headquartered in Charlotte and operates a major repair and remanufacturing center in Monroe.

North Carolina ranks first in the Southeast U.S. and ninth nationally in total manufacturing employment.
More than 180 aerospace and aviation companies employ more than 9,500 skilled workers in the state with more than 70 aerospace and aviation firms located in the greater Charlotte area.

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