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Aerospace and Aviation

Overview

Indiana has the right location and resources for aerospace companies to innovate and grow. As the home of top research universities and global giants in the aerospace industry, Indiana is leading the charge toward breakthroughs in advanced materials and components that are opening up new possibilities for what we can build and where we can go in the 21st century.

Facts 

  • Since 2013, leading aerospace businesses have announced plans to invest more than $900 million in Indiana and create more than 1,200 new Hoosier jobs in the coming years.
  • Home to more than 34,000 engineers (46% above US average).
  • Average Wage: $89,000 Annually (double the state’s average wage).
  • Ranked #10 for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness (by PwC).

The Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing (IACMI)
 is a multi-state, $259 million public-private partnership that brings together industry, universities, national laboratories and government to advance commercial deployment of advanced composites.

Purdue University Research Park in Lafayette is home to one of the five national IACMI composite research centers, utilizing the knowledge of the university’s engineers and graduate students to develop new production processes and 3-D composite printing.

Notre Dame Turbomachinery Lab is a unique strategic collaboration with General Electric, resulting in an investment of $36 million that allows for performance testing of gas turbine technology used by the aircraft and energy industries.

Alcoa Aerospace Alloys is the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant, located in Lafayette, Indiana and employing approximately 3,200 Hoosiers across our state. In fact, Indiana claims more Alcoa aerospace employees than any other state in the country.

GE Aviation Leap Engine Assembly is a 25,000-square-foot plant that assembles the LEAP engine from CFM International. The LEAP engine powers the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC (China) C919 for airlines worldwide.

Rolls-Royce Aerospace has had a presence in the US for over a century, and Indiana proudly claims the largest manufacturing site for Rolls-Royce civil aero engines outside of the company’s UK headquarters.  

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