Automotive and Aerospace: A Blueprint for Success in the South

Well, it took 23 years, and 30 years or more of planning and strategizing, but it finally happened. Last year, for the first time in the South’s history and for the first time in our annual SB&D 100 ranking, the automotive and aerospace industries ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the South for the most large manufacturing projects announced meeting or exceeding 200 jobs and/or $30 million in investment.


Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650 ultra-long-range business jets are manufactured in a plant at its headquarters in Savannah, Ga.It is truly a major accomplishment. For about three decades now, state and local governments in the American South have positioned themselves to become outstanding locations for both the aerospace and automotive industries. In fact, many of the projects announced in the region today — advanced metals, coatings and component manufacturers — supply both industries.



Some huge aerospace and automotive wins for the South

The fact that the South has captured two of the three full assembly airliner facilities operating in the United States — Boeing in North Charleston, S.C. (2009) and Airbus in Mobile, Ala. (2012) — and 12 major automotive assembly plants in the last 25 years is simply astounding. Those accomplishments have established the American South as a huge player in the manufacturing sector on a worldwide scale, and the…Read More

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