NTX Magazine Volume 1 - Page 20

Industry Spotlight AVIATION/DEFENSE An Industry Takes Off Aviation, aerospace and defense companies primed for success T HE North Texas region has one of the largest concentrations of aviation-related businesses in the world, and since its beginning, this industry has had a significant impact on the region’s economy. There are more than 900 aerospace and defense businesses in North Texas, which is more than any other area of its size across the globe. The area is home to two major airlines – American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Industry leaders Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, 18 North Texas Magazine Employees assemble jets in Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant. Bell Helicopter, CAE SimuFlite, Turbomecca United Technologies and American Eurocopter also call North Texas home, and their broad range of activities includes component manufacturing, flight training, commercial and military aircraft development, and more. Dallas-Fort Worth offers a rich mix of resources needed for successful business, including a talented workforce, nea