San Antonio Aerospace Industry Is Growing
San Antonio has a rich history in aviation and aerospace work. While this work has spanned many decades, the industry is now focused on expanding opportunities for the future.
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Aerospace Committee, Chaired by Tyler Schroeder of Boeing, is undergoing an assessment of the regional industry. Throughout 2018, the industry has worked with emsi, a consulting firm based in Idaho, to 1) define the aerospace industry’s capabilities, 2) identify new business opportunities, 3) compare the San Antonio market to competitive markets around the country, and 4) study the workforce needs and training.
The timing for an effort of this magnitude is ripe. Due to the rebounding strength of U.S. Defense spending, the local industry has made major project announcements of late. Namely, Boeing will bring major Navy F/A-18 fighter jet work to San Antonio in 2019, and be the modification hub for two new Air Force One aircraft. Standard Aero has made recent announcements of long-term engine maintenance and upgrade contracts with both the DoD and Rolls Royce commercial engines. Additionally, there is significant supply chain growth as M2 Global is a major supplier to the recent DoD purchase announcement of the V-22 Osprey.
—Belinda Garza Hartwig, Vice President of Economic Development, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce