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Aerospace

Did You Know? Every commercial airplane in the world has at least one component made in Mississippi.

Our Aerospace Companies

GE Aviation

GE Capital

  • GE Aviation
    • GE Aviation manufactures jet engine components for the GEnx which powers the Boeing 787 & 747-8 Aircrafts

  • GE Capital
    • GE Capital salvages parts from commercial planes at a facility in Greenwood, Mississippi.


GE Aviation

A skilled worker at GE’s jet engine component manufacturing plant in Batesville, Mississippi.

Aerospace Companies in Mississippi

Aerospace Companies in Mississippi

 

Runway Infrastructure

Our region has incredible runway infrastructure due to being the home of numerous military airfields dating back to World War II, including the following:

Jumbo Jet Ready

  • Tunica Municipal Airport (UTA)
    • 8,500 ft. long runway

     

  • Mid Delta Regional Airport, Greenville (GLH)
    • 8,001 ft. long runway &
    • 7,000 ft. long runway

     

  • Indianola Municipal Airport (IDL)
    • 7,000 ft. long runway

     

Commercial/Regional Jet Ready:

  • Greenwood-Leflore Airport (GWO)
    • 6,500 ft. long runway

     

  • Fletcher Field, Clarksdale
    • 5,400 ft. long runway (CKM)

     

Private Jet Ready

  • Panola County Airport, Batesville (PMU)
    • 5,000 ft. long runway

     

  • Cleveland Municipal Airport (RNV)
    • 4,000 ft. long runway

Our Workforce

Mississippi is a Right-To-Work State

Our region is home to the following quantities of aerospace related workers:

  • 598 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • 131 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
  • 78 Airfield Operations Specialists
  • 313 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • 107 Avionics Technicians
  • 64 Aerospace Engineers
  • 598 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • 313 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • 131 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
  • 107 Avionics Technicians
  • 78 Airfield Operations Specialists
  • 64 Aerospace Engineers

Our region is home to the following quantities of skilled workers which are pertinent to aerospace companies:

  • 3,826 Electricians
  • 2,056 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 1,150 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
  • 1,173 Sheet Metal Workers
  • 772 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • 542 Millwrights
  • 456 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
  • 350 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
  • 302 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators
  • 291 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 214 Tool and Die Makers
  • 182 Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • 160 Rolling Machine Operators
  • 108 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Picking Equipment Operators
  • 2,083 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 1,820 Machinists
  • 1,145 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 957 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • 557 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 456 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 384 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • 328 Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
  • 298 Extruding, Forming, Press Machine Operators
  • 272 Multiple Machine Tool Operators
  • 204 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
  • 162 Plating and Coating Machine Operators
  • 141 Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators
  • 3,826 Electricians
  • 2,083 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 2,056 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 1,820 Machinists
  • 1,150 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
  • 1,145 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 1,173 Sheet Metal Workers
  • 957 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • 772 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • 557 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 542 Millwrights
  • 456 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 456 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
  • 384 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • 350 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
  • 328 Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
  • 302 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators
  • 298 Extruding, Forming, Press Machine Operators
  • 291 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 272 Multiple Machine Tool Operators
  • 214 Tool and Die Makers
  • 204 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
  • 182 Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • 162 Plating and Coating Machine Operators
  • 160 Rolling Machine Operators
  • 141 Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators
  • 108 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Picking Equipment Operators

Engineers

  • 1,797 Industrial Engineers
  • 717 Mechanical Engineers
  • 661 Electrical Engineers
  • 317 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • 121 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
  • 73 Materials Engineers
  • 64 Aerospace Engineers

Number of Operations in the Region Which Can Support an Aerospace Company

  • 43 Machine Shops
  • 29 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing Companies
  • 14 Metal Coating, Engraving, and Allied Services to Manufacturers Companies
  • 13 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing Companies
  • 12 Paint and Coating Manufacturing Companies
  • 9 Plate Work Manufacturing Companies
  • 8 Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing Companies
  • 8 Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring Companies
  • 6 Pump and Pumping Equipment Manufacturing Companies
  • 5 Plastics and Material Resin Manufacturing Companies
  • 4 Fluid Power Pump and Motor Manufacturing Companies
  • 3 Industrial Mold Manufacturing Companies
  • 3 Rubber and Plastics Hoses and Belting and Manufacturing Companies
  • 2 Motor and Generator Manufacturing Companies
  • 2 Spring Manufacturing Companies
  • 2 Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing Companies
  • 2 Metal Crown, Closure, and Other Metal Stamping (except Automotive) Companies
  • 2 Fluid Power Valve and Hose Fitting Manufacturing Companies
  • 1 Machine Tool Manufacturing Company
  • 1 Welding and Soldering Equipment Manufacturing Company

Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Certification

Northwest Mississippi Community College

Hinds Community College

  • 2 community colleges in our region (Northwest Community College and Hinds Community College) offer A&P certification programs.

Aerospace Engineering Department

Mississippi State University - Department of Aerospace Engineering

  • Founded in 1935, Mississippi State University’s Aerospace Engineering Department is one of the most recognized in the country.  The school focuses on the design, fabrication, testing, and analysis of aircraft and spacecraft.

 

R&D

Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and USM are involved in R&D for the aerospace field.

  • 3 Universities in Mississippi provide R&D for aerospace related products:

Mississippi State University

  • Home to the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
    • Specializes in the design and testing of materials to support rapid prototyping for lighter-weight aircraft.

Ole Miss

  • Home to the Center for Manufacturing Excellence
    • Houses research facilities with advisors from GE Aviation.

The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Home to the Polymer and High Performance Materials Institute
    • Recognized as a national leader in the study of composites, advanced materials, polymers and plastics.

 

Utility Cost Savings

Electric Power

  • We have numerous electric providers meaning if you supply us a sample electric bill we can literally find you our cheapest provider in our region.

Natural Gas

Our area is served by Atmos Energy a publicly traded natural-gas-only distribution company serving over 3 million natural gas distribution customers. In addition to their transmission and distribution system we have large trunk lines of natural gas from all the companies below.

Natural Gas Map

Additional Information

Data provided by the University of Southern Mississippi's Economic Development Research Center