The AFMC reorganization has eliminated 1,050 positions to save about $100 million yearly, the Air Force Times reported. At Wright-Patterson, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center activated in early July, with all Air Force acquisition organizations reporting to that center, Zeis said.
Beyond Wright-Patterson and its 29,000 military and civilian employees, Ohio itself is crucial in the aerospace and aviation arena. The coalition said the state has more than 100,000 full-time workers in those industries. Both Boeing and Airbus count Ohio as their No. 1 supplier state.
Zeis calls the trail of industrial activity from GE Aviation in Cincinnati to the company’s presence in Dayton, along with Wright-Patterson and the University of Dayton Research Institute, up to NASA Glenn in Cleveland the nation’s aviation “power and propulsion corridor.”
GE Aviation’s new $51 million, 120,000-square-foot Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center, or “EPISCENTER,” in Dayton will research aviation electrical, power, propulsion and materials systems. The center is being built now off River Park Drive.
“You could make a significant argument about Ohio being in the very top tier among the aerospace states in the nation,” Zeis said.