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Ginger Chinn
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Aerospace & Defense

Utah’s core aerospace and aviation competencies include composites and advanced materials, propulsion systems, avionics, and control systems. Utah’s robust supply chain spans from design and manufacturing to repair and maintenance, software and control systems, advanced space systems and regional air service.

The aerospace and defense cluster continues to expand in Utah. In 2015, the industry accounted for 944 establishments and 31,390 employees. Composite manufacturing is a key component of the industry as demonstrated by companies such as Boeing, Harris and Janicki. In the commercial aviation space, Duncan Aviation is expanding its presence in the Provo area.

Hill Air Force Base (HAFB) is home to the F-35 Lightning II program, where both training and sustainment will be performed. This is in addition to HAFB being the training and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) for other key Air Force programs such as F-22, F-16, A-10, C-130 and being an Air Force Center of Excellence for Soft Ware maintenance and assurance.

Mission growth continues at Dugway Proving Grounds (DPG), mainly due to the expansion of the Army’s activities around testing of UAS at its DPG Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center (RIAC). In 2015, a public-private partnership resulted in the launch of the Utah Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Center (UASUtah) in Box Elder County. UASUtah provides testing and training grounds, as well as other related resources, for public and private unmanned aerial systems operations.

Utah’s aerospace industry leaders also formed an unprecedented partnership with government and education leaders to address a critical need for skilled workers. This partnership ultimately launched the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program, which allows high school students to graduate with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing. UAP has been recognized as a national best practice in youth apprenticeship programs.


According to a report by PwC, Utah ranks No. 4 in the nation for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness. The report cites Utah’s robust tax climate and solid industry rank, as well as innovative programs in workforce development.

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Your company can join the Utah aerospace supply chain. Utah’s aerospace industry accounts for nearly 1,000 companies and more than 30,000 jobs in the state. Large companies like Lockheed Martin are looking for small business suppliers and subcontractors. This fall, the Aerospace States Association Utah Chapter and its partners traveled to Emery, Carbon, Duchesne and Uintah counties to host business meetings, community events and STEM education demos. Learn how your community can host a trip by contacting businessutah [@]