Aerospace and aviation businesses located in Paulding County have outstanding access to a highly educated workforce of the future, transportation amenities, and critical support services from the private sector, universities, and state agencies. In fact, nearly half of Georgia’s fifty largest aerospace employers are located within a one-hour drive of Paulding County.
Many of these small to mid-size companies supply some of the world’s elite aviation and aerospace giants, such as Lockheed-Martin and Meggitt who all currently support large manufacturing and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities throughout Georgia. Existing, multi-billion dollar buyers near Paulding County and in Georgia include Delta Air Lines, Gulfstream, Lockheed-Martin and the United States Air Force.
Much of Paulding County’s aerospace and aviation strength lies in our educated workforce: The Georgia Institute of Technology’s Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering ranks 2nd nationally for its undergraduate programs, and 4th nationally for its graduate-level aerospace engineering programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2010). In fact, Georgia boasts an average of $135,000 of “Value-Added Output per Employee” in the aerospace industry, amongst the best in the entire United States (GCI, 2010).
Dedicated to excellence and creativity in aviation, Paulding County constructed and opened Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ) in 2010, the first jet-capable airport constructed in Georgia in over thirty years.
The airport has a 6,000-foot runway and 190-acre Airport Technology Park designed specifically for aerospace and aviation operations. The airport was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Excellence for Innovation in Economic Development Award, and has also been endorsed by the The Nature Conservancy as a green airport. For more information please see the Silver Comet Field section of the website.
Paulding’s aerospace industry has been growing annually with impressive, well-respected firms such as Aerospace Fabrications of Georgia, Top Flight Aerostructures, Rare MetalSource, RotorWorks and West Cobb Engineering, creating and providing services to some of the world’s premier aerospace companies.
Paulding County supplies the growing aerospace industry with the best and brightest employees for the research and development of the future for aircraft interior systems, airspace and air traffic control systems, defense electronics, advanced aircraft maintenance, and a variety of MRO operations.
For more information on Aerospace opportunities in Paulding County and the state of Georgia, please download the Georgia Aerospace Report.
The Paulding Aerospace Alliance (PAA) is an organization of aerospace enthusiasts that work to promote and expand the aerospace industry in Paulding County, Georgia. Since 2012, the PAA has worked to be a resource for the exchange of ideas, information and business opportunities for Paulding County’s burgeoning aerospace community, with the support of aerospace manufacturers, aviation companies, economic development and chamber of commerce organizations, airport operators, colleges and universities, and state entities.
The Paulding Aerospace Alliance’s founding members include the following organizations:
For more information on the Paulding Aerospace Alliance, please download the Paulding Aerospace Alliance Brochure.