July 2014

From the Wright brothers first taking to the skies, to John Glenn setting his sights a little higher in orbit, to Neil Armstrong’s “one small step," Ohio has a long and rich history of leadership in the field of aerospace. This July, we recognize some of these industry leaders in our “Ohio Takes Flight” theme.

Spirit Avionics Ltd., in Columbus, produces aircraft electronics (avionics) as well as provides aircraft interior refurbishment and aircraft maintenance services. Gemco Aviation Services, in North Lima, is the nation’s foremost authority for restoration, preservation, and technical information for the "Staggerwing Beech" airplane and they continue to be locally recognized for their uncompromising quality for all aircraft they maintain. The Ewart-Ohlson Machine Company, founded in Cuyahoga Falls in 1942, produces machine forgings for manufacturers of aircraft landing gear. In 2003, the company made parts for the parachute deployment system that helped ensure a safe landing for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission. The Design Knowledge Company, in Fairborn, specializes in applied research, technology assessment, software development and more for their clients and has been selected by the Dayton Business Journal as one of the best places to work for three years in a row. New Concord is home to The John & Annie Glenn Historic Site where visitors are treated to a living history experience on the main floor of John Glenn's boyhood home.

With companies like these leading the way, it should come as no surprise that Ohio continues to make advancements in the field of aerospace and supports a wide variety of businesses who continue the spirit of the "Birthplace of Aviation.”

August 2017 Ohio Business Profile