Aerospace Manufacturing

The Sky’s the Limit in NKY

Three Words: Access, Access, Access


CVG is Fastest-Growing North American Cargo Airport


KY Exports in Aerospace Products & Parts

Northern Kentucky’s Aerospace Industry

Aerospace encompasses the development and manufacture of aircraft, engines, parts, missiles, and space vehicles. With dozens of Tier 1 and Tier 2 aerospace suppliers located in NKY, the region is part of an aerospace corridor that stretches from Dayton to Louisville.

As the home of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Northern Kentucky offers aerospace manufacturers access to the sixth-largest cargo airport in North America, the fifth busiest in the contiguous United States, and the 34th largest in the world.

“The demand for skilled labor is strong. We’ve worked with Gateway Community & Technical College in Northern Kentucky to develop courses specific to what we need. With Gateway, our team gains the skills to work smarter toward operational excellence and innovation in manufacturing.”

Philippe Garnier, CEO, Safran Landing Systems


There are 25 four-year colleges/universities and 11 community and technical colleges located about 75 miles from Northern Kentucky. Business leaders cite the talent –dedication, education, and training combined with a willingness to learn– as a major asset for NKY. SmartAsset named the Cincinnati region as the #1 city for new college grads in 2022, the fourth year in the top spot. The talent pipeline features 5,500 engineering graduates per year within a 75-minute drive of NKY and rapidly growing manufacturing technician programs at Gateway Community & Technical College.

Major Companies

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  • Bodycote
  • Celanese
  • Desma
  • Fives
  • Meyer Tool
  • Parker Meggitt
  • Safran Landing Systems
  • Setco
  • Skilcraft Aerospace
  • Zotefoams

Supply Chain/Logistics

  • Amazon Air Hub
  • Atlas Air
  • DHL North America Super-Hub
  • GE Aerospace

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