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Wisconsin has dozens of manufactures that produce parts and components for use in the state, national and worldwide aerospace industry. However, the State has the opportunity to grow its large original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that builds aircraft.


Wisconsin manufacturing soars

Wisconsin manufacturing soars

Wisconsin Aerospace Partners can facilitate opportunities and connections for manufacturers and aerospace companies in Wisconsin. Our goal—and the goal of organizations like yours—will be to use these opportunities and connections to build the Wisconsin aerospace industry.

The state is a long-standing leader in the Wisconsin manufacturing industry. From 2017 to 2018, Wisconsin added more manufacturing jobs than every other state except Texas.

Wisconsin contains a handful of OEMS in the aerospace sector and has national manufacturing expertise in a number of areas.

  • Avionics, Electronics & Energy
  • Chemical, Plastics, Rubber
  • Components, Systems & Assembly
  • Engineering & Industrial Technologies
  • Construction
  • Engine & Engine Components
  • Finishing, Lighting & Interiors
  • Fuel & Fluids
  • MRO
  • Metals, Machining & Metal Fabrication
  • OEM & Drones
  • Training, Transportation & Other Services

Because these unique specializations can be used across so many industries, Wisconsin Aerospace Partners assists manufacturers who want to add an aerospace line to their business, or assist current aerospace manufacturers with upstream and downstream supply chain connections.

Building for the future

There are more than 300 companies involved in the Wisconsin aerospace industry. Over the past five years, major corporations in the Wisconsin aerospace industry have invested more than $185 million to increase their footprint and job growth:

  • Gulfstream® Aerospace Corporation announced in 2018 that they will invest $40 million in a 180,000-square foot maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Appleton, raising the number of employees there to more than 1,000.
  • ATI Forged Products announced a $95 million investment in an expansion project in Cudahy, WI in 2018. The investment supports a specialized heat-treating process for jet engines, adding 125 jobs to the 700 existing jobs.
  • Plexus® invested $50 million in a 410,000-square foot manufacturing plant in Neenah, WI in 2014.

In addition to these investments and corporations, companies including Astronautics, Derco®, DeltaHawk® Engine, Menet Aero, ATI Forged Products, and UTC®, have locations in the Milwaukee area. Many Midwestern states include a major presence of leading aerospace companies, such as Boeing®, Rolls-Royce®, Northrup Grumman, Honeywell®, Eaton, Woodward® and others.

Each of these aerospace companies provides potential opportunities for Wisconsin manufacturers.

The challenge of technology taking off

One of the most pressing challenges of the manufacturing world is Industry 4.0: the use of machine learning and communication that allows computerized systems to make decisions without human intervention.

We will work to leverage state and/or national programs and resources in order to help Wisconsin aerospace manufacturers and subject matter experts prepare for and adapt to these changes in the aerospace supply chain. We will also partner with universities and other higher education organizations to ensure that Wisconsin manufacturing is ready to face the future.

Wisconsin Aerospace Partners can give you a rocket-powered boost

By becoming a member of Wisconsin Aerospace Partners, we can help you improve your company connections and fill your current or future technology and workforce gaps. Adding your voice to this organization gives us the ability to serve your needs and the needs of the Wisconsin aerospace industry.

Contact us to become a member

Find your next industry connection through Wisconsin Aerospace Partners. Contact us today to find out how membership can benefit you.