The BDB facilitated an incentive package from the State of Florida and Palm Beach County and assisted with their permitting enabling Sikorsky to produce the next generation of heavy lift helicopters, the CH-53K right here in Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County is a recognized national leader in the aviation/aerospace/engineering industry: commercial and private aircraft, advanced high-tech manufacturing, aircraft parts, maintenance training, flight schools and universities, rocket systems, and even helicopters. At present, the area employs more than 20,000 people through 629 businesses, including B/E Aerospace (the worldwide leading manufacturer of passenger-cabin interior products for commercial and business jet aircraft ), global security and information technology giant Lockheed Martin, Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (which manufactures the UH-60M BlackHawk helicopter for the U.S. Army, among other vehicles).
In the sky or in outer space, Palm Beach County’s presence is legendary in the Aviation and Aerospace industry, from the earliest days when a series of small airstrips became a World War II military installation, which would eventually evolve into an international hub for commercial air travel and cargo, air defense projects, and high-tech manufacturing. But the biggest boom came when one Palm Beach County-based aircraft and rocket-engine company—Pratt & Whitney—decided to restructure, and that downsizing in the 1990s, shrinking from 7,000 employees to 1,000, meant that many aviation and aerospace companies already here grew through absorbing some of that workforce, while other companies came to Palm Beach County to monopolize on the suddenly available skilled workers. From commercial and private aircraft to rocket systems and helicopters, Palm Beach County is host to major aviation and support facilities along with aerospace companies.
"The Palm Beach region has a growing aerospace industry and strong upper educational institutions that provide a talented workforce. We have been expanding our facilities to
Richard Holmberg, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin's operations in
Research & Development, Engineering, and Technical Design
The engineering and technical design industry in Palm Beach County represents hundreds of companies and thousands of engineers, draftsman, technical designers, and architects. Top companies in Palm Beach County include several focused on propulsion systems and their advanced engineering design and applied research. Take a look and you’ll see Palm Beach County engineers have designed major projects around the world in almost every industry. These industries include electronics, aviation, chemical, biotech, energy, infrastructure, and aerospace. Whether your needs range from small to mega, you can get your product or project designed, equipped, and built by companies with engineers here in Palm Beach County.
Manufacturing, Assembly, and Testing
Palm Beach County manufacturing includes a wide range of large and small businesses building success through a combination of skill and high technology, complex parts, and innovation. Each company has a different goal but they all share one thing: They make things better by changing raw materials into marketplace products.
Many companies continue to benefit from the presence of advanced research facilities, military installations, and NASA. Manufacturing in Palm Beach County is a diverse group including those in traditional manufacturing industries, such as plastics, food processing, and printing, as well as those that are engaged in breakthrough technologies, like electronics, medical devices, bioscience, and aviation/aerospace.
Support Services, Maintenance, Training, and Staffing
The depth of the a/a/e industry in Palm Beach County includes a broad range of comprehensive products, services and support networks. Because Palm Beach County has a mature a/a/e community, a dynamic synergy exists between technology and the workforce needed to create a sustainable industry. Here in Palm Beach County, a/a/e includes everything from FBOs, flight training schools, parts suppliers, maintenance and repair facilities, to sales and staffing.
Here in Palm Beach County, Florida our knowledge-based economy shines above and beyond standard economic development categories. So, our Aviation, Aerospace and Engineering industry includes more than pilots and astronauts. Our a/a/e businesses -- more than 250 strong with more than 10,000 employees, include a growing list of companies that are part of a uniquely diverse economic resource. The multi-faceted aviation, aerospace and engineering sector in Palm Beach County is comprised of advanced high tech manufacturing, flight training schools and universities, support systems firms, and supply chain companies. In addition, advanced manufacturing companies in the region are involved in the design and prototyping of complex products.
From aircraft parts, maintenance training, and a host of commercial air services, Palm Beach County is a recognized national leader in a/a/e businesses. Major U.S. government customers and a/a/e companies seek to have a significant presence in Palm Beach County because of the technology leadership and growth potential.
In the sky or in outer space, Palm Beach County’s presence is legendary in the Aviation and Aerospace industry. From commercial and private aircraft to rocket systems and helicopters, Palm Beach County is host to major aviation and support facilities along with aerospace companies.
Historically, Palm Beach County has been ranked among the top aerospace technology areas in the U.S. Palm Beach County’s aviation history began as World War II military installations and small airstrips. It has now become an international hub for commercial air travel and cargo, air defense projects and high tech manufacturing.
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Where can you get more information?
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO
Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration
Shawn Rowan, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion