We are unsure if everything is bigger in Texas, however one thing is certain, Texas Aerospace is massive and only getting bigger.
Texas is one of the most important locations for the global aerospace and aviation industry. It is home to the world-famous Johnson Space Center and two of the world’s busiest airports. The Texas GDP for the air transportation sector was $8.4 billion in 2011, ranking the state number one in the US for that industry sub-sector.
Manufacturing has always been a large component of Texas Aerospace. While only ranking number three in the US in terms of aerospace manufacturing employment, 17 of the world’s 20 largest aerospace companies have major operations in Texas. Aerospace manufacturing operations are continuing to expand in Texas as well, Bell recently built a $27 million manufacturing facility in Amarillo, TX which will assemble the Relentless 525 helicopter model.
Defense is also a major part of the Texas Aerospace industry. Lockheed Martin is the single largest manufacturing employer across any sector in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. In addition to a maintenance complex in San Antonio and an information systems office in Houston, Lockheed Martin assembles military aircraft and defense systems like the Patriot missile in its Grand Prairie and Fort Worth operations.
Texas is also home to major MRO operations (maintenance, repair and overhaul), including the Kelly Aviation Center and Boeing Global Services in San Antonio. Another major player, Standard Aero, which has 14 locations in North America and four located overseas, has three locations in Texas.
With the massive amount of aerospace activity in Texas, it is no wonder that the state is such an attractive place for IMT. Drivers for IMT find themselves in Texas almost every week, picking up aircraft engines or helicopters and transporting them anywhere from Toronto to Anchorage, Alaska.
Texas also forms the origin of the “aerospace corridor” which runs from Texas to Florida. Also known as the “Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor,” this lane also includes Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Aerospace components flow back and forth along with corridor destined for ports and airports in Texas and Florida.
IMT is proud to work in the state of Texas and facilitate the transportation of aircraft and defense components to and from the heart of aerospace in North America.