Proximity to Aerospace Cluster Drives Dedienne to Choose Ohio
Ohio’s strong aerospace industry sparks international interest
Tim Sweeney, director, JobsOhio•Published: Fri Feb 16 2018
For generations, Ohio has collaborated with private industry to advance the aerospace and aviation sector. The state’s innovation infrastructure enables companies to take full advantage of the latest in technology to develop new products and processes. With NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, and a robust cluster of research universities and private institutes, Ohio provides the innovation support and the talent to ensure a company’s success. Today, more than 590 aerospace companies, consisting of prime contractors, systems and component suppliers, and maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers, contribute to, and rely on, Ohio’s innovation infrastructure.
Dedienne Aerospace is an international company specializing in aircraft tooling and ground support equipment for the civil and defense markets. With its U.S. headquarters in Miami, Florida, Dedienne recognized a need to be closer to Midwest aerospace companies. The new location would mark a milestone for Dedienne as it would become the company’s first U.S. expansion outside of Florida.
The company came to Ohio to meet with some of its in-state partners and with REDI Cincinnati, the regional economic development organization, to learn more about Ohio’s aerospace industry. REDI brought in representatives from JobsOhio and Clermont County to meet with company officials and learn more about Dedienne’s project needs and its interest in the region.
Dedienne was thrilled by the growth possibilities available by investing in Ohio. The company executives were also very pleased with the Ohio team’s fast and thorough responses to their requests. Not only could Dedienne achieve its goal of being close to Ohio’s aerospace assets, but it also could be close to many other aerospace companies, attract skilled workers, and have easy airline access to major U.S. cities.
The high number of major aerospace and aviation customers and suppliers across Ohio was particularly enticing to Dedienne, helping them to see the potential for new customers and additional growth opportunities. Companies such as Parker, Safran, Arconic, Honeywell, Eaton and UTC Aerospace Systems are all successfully established in Ohio.
Dedienne continues to experience growth in Ohio by gaining access to new markets, available skilled talent and leveraging an established aerospace supply chain.
To learn more about exciting aerospace and aviation opportunities in Ohio, contact me or Glenn Richardson, managing director of aerospace and aviation.