Northern Kentucky’s Aviation Sector Flies High
Northern Kentucky boasts a highly skilled and experienced workforce to serve the aviation sector. The Cincinnati /Northern Kentucky region is ranked in the top 15 areas nationally in aerospace products and parts manufacturing.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region offers more than 180,000 workers and over 400 businesses in the aviation and aerospace sectors, including engineers, engine mechanics, aircraft structure assemblers, and repair occupations. Prime opportunities for aerospace and aviation manufacturing, MRO and logistics operations are available at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Over 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of available land, some with direct taxiway access, are available in and around CVG.
Global cargo carrier DHL is known worldwide for its international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services. DHL employs over 2,000 at its North American hub at CVG.
This hub, one of three DHL global “Super Hubs”, serves 220 countries and moves 478,000 tons of freight annually. DHL processes 2.6 million cargo pieces a month and sorts 92% of all US delivery shipments, as well as all Canadian, Mexican, and Latin American shipments at CVG. Since 2009, DHL has invested over $100 million at its hub facility at CVG, providing continued enhancements to its global logistics operation.
DHL and CVG were profiled in a recent article by Business Excellence Magazine, highlighting their partnership which has been successful in promoting economic development and expanding the global logistics sector in Northern Kentucky.
Recent economic development announcements for Northern Kentucky’s aviation sector include:
- Global shipping company DHL continues to expand its hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, one of DHL’s three Global Super Hubs, including a recent expansion project which created $47 million in capital investment and up to 280 full and part-time jobs.
- Messier-Bugatti, manufacturer of brake discs and wheels for aircraft, recently expanded its operation in Northern Kentucky, creating 48 new jobs and investing $41 million at its current facility.
- TIMCO Aviation Services, one of the largest aircraft maintenance providers in the world, will located its regional aircraft services division at CVG in 2012, creating 165 new jobs and investing $3.4 million at its new facility.
- Southern Air announced in early 2013 the relocation of its HQ operation from Connecticut to Florence, KY, just five miles south of CVG, with over 150 employees.
- Indy Honeycomb, manufacturer of metal parts for aircraft engines and other industrial applications, will invest nearly $1 million and create 13 new jobs in Northern Kentucky.
Cincinnati State Community and Technical College provides several technical degrees and certification programs in the aviation industry, including:
- Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree
- Aviation Mechanics Airframe Certificate
- Aviation Mechanics Powerplant Certificate
- Avionics Certificate
For more information on expansion and relocation opportunities in Northern Kentucky, please contact Dan Tobergte, President & CEO, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.
For more information on available properties in Northern Kentucky, please visit the Northern Kentucky Tri-ED Sites & Buildings database.