Arizona’s Aerospace Manufacturing Industry Ranked Most Attractive In Nation

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You could say the aerospace industry has taken off in Arizona. In fact, you could say it’s soaring. A new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers puts Arizona at number one in the U.S. for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness.

Basically, the state looks good to aerospace and defense companies, like Able Aerospace in Mesa.

CEO Lee Benson said there were three employees when he bought the company in 1993.

Now?

He said there are more than 500. The company started worked on individual parts. A maintenance center opened this month means it can work on entire helicopters.

“We could be as high as eight to 900 employees organically over the next four or five years,” Benson said.

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