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Aerospace

 

Our Growing Aerospace Cluster

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  • The number of aerospace engineers in our labor shed grew by 23% from 2011 to 2014.
  • The number of avionics technicians in our labor shed grew by 129% from 2011 to 2014.
  • The number of people employed in aircraft parts manufacturing in our labor shed grew by 282% from 2011 to 2014.
  • Bell Helicopter has a structural assembly, finishing, and outfitting facility in Sullivan County, employing almost 500 people.
  • Wysong Enterprises is a leader in aerospace modifications and installations, offering audio-video integrations, special mission brackets and full aircraft completions for EMS, law enforcement, corporate and broadcast applications in their Sullivan County facility.
  • DEC Technologies manufactures and sells more than 1,500 FAA-PMA-approved parts to the worldwide commercial airline and aerospace industry in Sullivan County.
  • Northeast State Community College and Bell Helicopter have partnered for aerospace degree and certificate programs.
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology ranks Virginia Tech (125 miles from Sullivan County) as one of the best universities for aerospace employee recruitment.
  • Virginia Tech’s Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering graduates 100 Bachelor’s, 25 Master’s, and 10 Doctoral degrees per year with focuses in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, material science, dynamics and control, multidisciplinary design optimization, and energy systems.
  • The University of Tennessee in Knoxville (99 miles from Sullivan County) has an aerospace engineering program and does extensive research in the areas of hypersonic aerodynamics, atmospheric entry, and computational fluid dynamics.
  • Sullivan County has an aerospace industrial park with direct access to runways, cargo facilities, etc.

 

Skilled Labor

Chart showing Sullivan County, TN workforce numbers compared to the US average

 

  • Less than 3.5% of employees in Sullivan County are a members of a union.
  • Tennessee is a right-to-work state.
  • Sullivan County has 10 times the employment in aircraft parts manufacturing than the average US county.
  • Sullivan County has 20 times the employment of avionics technicians than the average US county.
  • Sullivan County has 14 times more materials scientists than the average US county.
  • Our labor shed features 6111 team assemblers, 1377 welders, 1209 machinists, 1052 software developers, 776 mechanical engineers, 674 sheet metal workers, 544 electrical and electronics technicians, 397 electrical engineers, 271 industrial engineering technicians.

 

Engineering Talent

  • Sullivan County has 122% more Industrial Engineers than the average US county.
  • The number of aerospace engineers in our labor shed grew by 23% from 2011 to 2014.
  • An average of 676 people graduate with an Engineering degree in our labor shed each year.
  • Our labor shed features 776 mechanical engineers and 397 electrical engineers.

 

Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Aerospace Park

Certified Aerospace Park with Direct Runway Access

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  • Aerospace Park is located at the airport and features:
    • 35 acres with direct airfield access to two runways, ready for immediate development
    • 175 additional acres under preparation for development
    • Up to 21 pad-ready acres
    • Gas: 2”, 60psi line provided by Atmos Energy
    • Water: 12” line provided by City of Johnson City
    • Sewer: Services provided by City of Johnson City
    • Communications: Fiber & copper in place, provided by CenturyLink
    • Electric: Service provided by Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES)
    • Airfield Access: Direct cargo apron, taxiway and runway access
    • On-site Customs Port and Foreign-Trade Zone
  • Primary runway: 5/23 – 8,000 feet by 150 feet.  Runway 5 has a Category II Instrument Landing System (ILS) and 23 has a Category I ILS
  • Secondary runway: 9/27 – 4,447 feet by 150 feet
  • Upgraded Instrument Landing System, Mark 20 ILS, GPS compatible, remote maintenance and monitoring
  • Tri-Cities Regional Airport features eight conventional hangars ranging in size from 8,000-square-feet to 28,000-square-feet of storage space. (Total of 13,250-square-feet storage, plus 7,500-square-feet of office space)
  • The Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Kingsport offers multiple daily flights to Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, and St. Petersburg.

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Additional Site for Aerospace:

Partnership Park I

  • 108 acre industrial-business park
  • 4 miles from Interstate 81
  • 5-28 acre sites available

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Colleges and Universities with an Aerospace Focus

                                                          NESCC & Bell Press Release
                                                          NESCC & Bell Curriculum Catalog

 

  • Northeast State Community College and Bell Helicopter have partnered for aerospace degree and certificate programs. The program includes training instructors from Bell teaming with classroom personnel to teach students. The program's base load is electromechanical.
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology ranks Virginia Tech (125 miles from Sullivan County) as one of the best universities for aerospace employee recruitment.
  • Virginia Tech’s Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering graduates 100 Bachelors, 25 Masters, and 10 Doctoral degrees per year, with focuses in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, material science, dynamics and control, multidisciplinary design optimization, and energy systems.
  • The University of Tennessee in Knoxville (99 miles from Sullivan County) has an aerospace engineering program and does extensive research in the areas of hypersonic aerodynamics, atmospheric entry, and computational fluid dynamics.

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Transportation

  • Interstates 81 & 26 intersect in Sullivan County
  • Sullivan County is served by 2 Class I Railroads - CSX & Norfolk Southern
  • Tri-Cities Regional Airport
    • Served by Delta Airlines, US Airways, and Allegiant Air
    • Nonstop Access to: Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, and St. Petersburg
    • Primary Runway - 8,000' x 150'
    • Upgraded Instrument Landing System
    • More than 200,000 passenger boardings per year

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Support Services

  • 67 Machine Shops
  • 23 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturers
  • 13 Tool and Die Companies
  • 10 Electroplating, Polishing, and Anodizing Manufacturers
  • 9 Metal Coating and Engraving Manufacturers
  • 9 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturers
  • 6 Printed Circuit Assemblers
  • 4 Machine Tool Manufacturers
  • 3 Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing
  • 3 Alumnium Rolling, Drawing, and Extruding
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    Low Natural Disaster Risk

    • According to USA.com, Sullivan County has a 34.60 Tornado Index.  The US average is 136.45, and Tennessee’s average is 175.35.
    • According to USA.com, Sullivan County has a 0.16 Earthquake Index, compared to the US average of 1.81.

     

    Additional Information

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    Taxes and Business Climate

    Primary and Secondary Education

    Colleges and Universities

    Incentives

    Source of Business and Labor Numbers:  Troy University

    Our Community

    Sullivan County, Tennessee is home to companies and attractions known around the world.  Browse our website to learn all the reasons you should join Eastman, Bell Helicopter, Domtar, Teleperformance, Home Shopping Network, Bristol Motor Speedway, and many others by locating a facility in Sullivan County!

    Contacts

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    423.279.7681
      10368 Wallace Alley St., Suite 1, Kingsport, TN 37663
    PO Box 747, Blountville, TN 37617

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