We’re operating on a whole new plane.

Tacoma-Pierce County has deep aerospace roots. We are part of the supply chain for Boeing’s 737, 747, 767, 777, and 787.

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We go further.

Our global reach and experienced manufacturing network have expertise in: composites, plastics, and advanced materials; fabrication, machining and tooling; testing and engineering; assembly and metal finishing.

Highly skilled aerospace talent supply

Aerospace infographics 2019 industry spotlight 48% Boeing in WA 136k trainer workforce 41% BA degreesTwenty-five regional colleges and universities, along with 36 technical schools, produce 56,800 graduates each year. The University of Washington Tacoma, and Bates and Clover Park Technical Colleges each serve as a significant pipeline of aerospace workers.

Recognized as great for business, great place to live

Aerospace infographics 2019 industry spotlight WA #1 State 1400 firms 90% commercial aircraft produced in WA

In addition, the region is one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live, according to both U.S. News and CNBC, making it easy for companies to recruit and retain top talent.

Forbes listed the Tacoma-Lakewood metro area #10 on its Best Places for Business and Careers.

Aerospace industry incentives

  • No personal state income tax
  • No corporate income tax
  • No inventory tax
  • Family-wage jobs credit
  • No sales or use tax on machinery and equipment used in manufacturing operations
  • No sales or use tax for aerospace businesses for computer hardware/software/peripherals
  • 40% reduction in Business & Occupation (B&O) tax rate for aerospace businesses
  • No retail sales or use tax for the construction of new facilities used for airplane repair & maintenance
  • One of the largest, most successful foreign trade zones
  • Workforce training grants and credits
  • Other project-specific state and local programs

Join the supply chainQuote by Daniele Cagnatel, AIM Aerospace

Governor Inslee’s top priority is to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create well-paying jobs in every corner of our state.

The aerospace industry is a source of pride for thousands of employees and hundreds of businesses across the state. In Pierce County alone, roughly 80 businesses support the aerospace ecosystem as suppliers and manufacturers.

Aerospace Competitive Economics Study

Aerospace Competitive Economics StudyWashington state is the best, most competitive, location in the U.S. for aerospace design and manufacturing, according to a comprehensive, independent report released on June 6, 2018 by Gov. Jay Inslee and members of the Choose Washington New Middle-of-the-Market Airplane (NMA) Council.

2018 Aerospace and Defense Market Report

2018 Aerospace & Defence Market Report Containing over 100 figures and tables, the 2018 Aerospace & Defence Market Report on the global aerospace and defense industry is a strategic and analytical coverage of the industry.

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Pierce County Aerospace Industry Spotlight

Pierce County Aerospace industry spotlight

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Pierce County Aerospace Suppliers Guide

Pierce County Aerospace suppliers guideThe suppliers guide is a list of the top aerospace companies in Pierce County and their accreditations by category.

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