From the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk to today’s leading research for unmanned aerial vehicles at North Carolina State University, North Carolina continues its legacy as a leader in aerospace innovation.

Aerospace & Defense Companies in North Carolina

AAR Corporation

500 Gateway Drive, Goldsboro, NC


2020 Ashcraft Avenue, Monroe, NC

ATI Allvac Technical Center

2600 East Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe, NC

ATI Specialty Materials

ATI Specialty Materials

Alloy Way, Monroe, NC

B/E Aerospace

1455 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, NC

B/E Aerospace

150 Oak Plaza Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC

B/E Aerospace

B/E Aerospace

2599 Empire Drive, Winston-Salem, NC

Boeing Co.

222 Stonebridge Trail, Havelock, NC

Boeing Co.

Boeing Co.

1 Mars Drive, Jacksonville, NC

C.R. Onsrud

C.R. Onsrud

120 Technology Drive, Troutman, NC

Cessna (Citation Service Center)

615 Service Center Drive, Greensboro, NC

Commerce Overseas Corporation

2878 Rouse Road, Kinston, NC

CTS (Cincinnati Thermal Spray)

11766 NC-210, Rocky Point, NC

Curtiss-Wright Controls Engineered Systems

3120 Northwest Boulevard, Gastonia, NC

Curtiss-Wright Controls

Curtiss-Wright Controls

45800 John J Delaney Drive, Charlotte, NC

Curtiss-Wright Flight Systems

201 Old Boiling Springs Road, Shelby, NC

Cyril Bath Company

1610 Airport Road, Monroe, NC

DRS Technologies

1060 Consolidated Road, Elizabeth City, NC

Dubose National Energy Services

900 Industrial Drive, Clinton, NC

FedEx Mid-Atlantic Hub

200 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC

Firstmark Aerospace Corporation

1176 Telecom Drive, Creedmoor, NC

GE Aviation

GE Aviation

GE Aviation

3701 South Miami Boulevard, Durham, NC

GE Aviation

400 The Professional Drive, West Jefferson, NC

GE Aviation

3901 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, NC

General Dynamics

2118 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC

Haeco Airframe Services

Haeco Airframe Services

623 Radar Road, Greensboro, NC

Honda Aircraft Company

2989 Tucker Street, Burlington, NC

Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company

6430 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, NC

Honeywell Aerospace

Honeywell Aerospace

3475 North Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC

Kearfott Guidance & Navigation Motion Systems Division

Kidde Aerospace and Defense

4200 Airport Drive, Wilson, NC

L-3 Communications

231 Meed Court, Fayetteville, NC

L-3 Communications

2800 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC

L-3 Communications (Titan Corporation)

2950 Village Drive, Fayetteville, NC

Leistritz Advanced Turbine Components

3050 Westinghouse Road, Rural Hall, NC

Liquip International (BETA Fueling Systems)

1209 Freeway Drive, Reidsville, NC

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

231 Meed Court, Fayetteville, NC

Lockheed Martin

2605 Meridian Parkway, Durham, NC

Lockheed Martin

2051 National Guard Drive, Morrisville, NC

Lockheed Martin (3D Solutions)

1140 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC

LORD Corporation

LORD Corporation

111 Lord Drive, Cary, NC

Michelin Aircraft Tire Corporation

40589 South Stanly School Road, Norwood, NC

Moog Components Group

1995 NC-141, Murphy, NC

Mountain Air Cargo

2340 John Mewborne Road, Kinston, NC

North State Aviation

4001 North Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC

Northrop Grumman Synoptics

1201 Continental Boulevard, Charlotte, NC

Purolator Advanced Filtration (Purolator Facet)

8439 Triad Drive, Greensboro, NC


5800 Departure Drive, Raleigh, NC

Remington Outdoor Company

870 Remington Drive, Madison, NC

SAFRAN Turbomeca Manufacturing

4120 Goldmine Road, Monroe, NC

Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems

2812 Rouse Road, Kinston, NC


T Com Drive, Elizabeth City, NC

TIMCO Aerosystems

5568 Gumtree Road, Winston-Salem, NC

Triumph Actuation Systems

4520 Hampton Road, Clemmons, NC

American Airlines Hub

4800 Hangar Road, Charlotte, NC

Unison Engine Components

401 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park Road, Asheville, NC

UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems

1517 East Worthington Avenue, Charlotte, NC

UTC Aerospace Systems Service Center

4115 Corporate Center Drive, Monroe, NC

VX Aerospace Corporation

2080 U.S. 70, Morganton, NC

Applied Research Associates (ARA)

8537 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC

Competitive Advantages

Low Tax Burden

At 3 percent, North Carolina has the lowest corporate income tax rate in the United States. In fact, North Carolina offers a low tax burden across the board. Ernst & Young and the Council on State Taxation rank North Carolina No. 1 for lowest state and local tax burden in the U.S.

Affordable Labor Costs

Compared to traditional aerospace hubs like California and Washington, wages for aerospace workers – including aerospace engineers, avionics technicians and aircraft mechanics – are up to 25 percent lower in North Carolina.

Access to Extensive Rail System

North Carolina is home to the largest consolidated rail system in the U.S., with more than 3,200 miles (5,150 km) of track providing access to major seaports and other manufacturing hubs in the Southeast.

Access to Deep-Water Seaports

North Carolina boasts two deep-water seaports in Wilmington and Morehead City that offer quick turn times, low costs and easy access to the state’s extensive rail and highway systems. The state also offers convenient access to additional ports in Norfolk, Va., and Charleston, S.C.

Reliable, Low-Cost Electricity

North Carolina’s average industrial electricity rates run more than 8 percent less than the U.S. average.


Largest Manufacturing Workforce in the Southeast

With over 460,000 manufacturing workers, North Carolina has the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast, and the 10th largest in the U.S. Manufacturing accounts for 20 percent of the state’s GSP, fifth-highest in the nation.

Highly Skilled & Educated Workforce

North Carolinians train at nationally recognized research universities – including Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – and at the state’s 58-campus community college system.

Military-Provided Readymade Workforce

North Carolina has the third-largest military population in the U.S. An estimated 78,000 military separations by 2018 offers a unique, ready made workforce to North Carolina manufacturers.

NCWorks Customized Training Program

NCWorks is a comprehensive workforce development program that includes an online jobs database for talent recruiters and job seekers alike. NCWorks also features a customized training program for new and existing businesses in the state.

Research Infrastructure

North Carolina Global TransPark

The North Carolina Global TransPark (GTP), operating within Foreign-Trade Zone No. 214, offers an 11,500-foot runway and warehouse facilities with direct runway and highway access. The Transpark has access to an onsite rail spur, a fiber optic network and two deep water seaports.

Fleet Readiness Center East

The Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point maintains a Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) that provides maintenance, engineering and logistics support for Navy and Marine Corps aviation, in addition to airframe and engine maintenance for the F-35.

Spirit Aerosystems Composite Center of Excellence

The 33,000-square-foot Spirit Aerosystems Composite Center of Excellence is a training center designed to serve the growing aerospace industry in North Carolina. It’s anchored by a composites training lab operated by Lenoir Community College to support pathways for careers in aerospace and related industries.

NextGen Air Transportation

The NextGen Air Transportation (NGAT) at North Carolina State University focuses on developing improvements to air traffic control, airspace management, airport and airspace system capacity, surface traffic management, and flight safety, specifically as it relates to the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into domestic airspace.