Pacific Northwest Aerospace Cluster "PNAC"
The Pacific Northwest is home to one of the most robust and dynamic aerospace clusters in the world.
For more than 100 years, the aerospace ecosystem has been building aircraft in the Pacific Northwest. Today, with more than 100,000 employed in the industry and thousands more from companies supporting aerospace manufacturing around the region, the Pacific Northwest is at the forefront of aerospace innovation when it comes to cutting edge aerospace composites, avionics, and alternative fuels.
Today, the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Cluster serves more than commercial jets. It consists of thousands of companies big and small that serve every segment of aerospace – from commercial and military jets to unmanned systems, space rockets, satellites and electric propulsion. With the evolution of composites, advancements in engines and new technology, the cluster’s future is brighter than ever. The next 25 years will be limited only by the imagination of our cluster’s talented and experienced workforce.
What is an Innovation Cluster?
A formalized, corporate industry-led, member-based initiative that includes partners from five economic segments.
Partners work together to drive innovation, overcome barriers, access new market opportunities, and attract talent and capital via an agreed-upon portfolio of projects.
In 2022 Washington State Was Ranked #1 for Aerospace Manufacturing
For the third time, the 2022 Aerospace Competitive Economics Study (“ACES”) finds that the State of Washington is the most competitive business environment for the manufacture of major aerospace structures and for the final assembly of aircraft. Completing the top five states were Texas, Ohio, Arizona, and Alabama. Georgia, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Indiana were also in the top ten. Washington remains strong across most categories and many individual metrics. It is a top ten finisher in six of the eight categories, ranking within the top three in three categories. The State of Washington ranks in the top ten in twenty of the forty-one individual metrics. This is a very strong showing.