Five Questions to

Glenn Richardson

Managing Director for Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace at JobsOhio, USA


Please tell us some words about JobsOhio. Where is the connection between the State of Ohio and the aerospace supply chain?

The state of Ohio is the #1 supplier state to Airbus and Boeing. This requires a well-developed supply chain from material producers (titanium, aluminum, plastics, composites) to lower tier part manufacturers (over 500 in the State) to component and system manufacturers (expertise in hydraulics, fuel management, landing systems, lighting, wheels & brakes) to OEMs (Engines). JobsOhio, as the primary economic development organization for the State of Ohio, works with existing Ohio aerospace businesses to help them grow and works to attract companies outside of Ohio to take advantage of its business-friendly environment, extensive innovation infrastructure and well developed supply chain.



As you are an exhibitor of AIRTEC since several years: How would you describe the benefits of AIRTEC generally?

AIRTEC is an aerospace supply chain exhibition that attracts many leading component and part suppliers. It is also a congress that attracts key technology leading companies. These are the type of companies that JobsOhio wants to attract to Ohio to expand its aerospace industry.



Please tell us about your last year’s experiences? What made your participation as an exhibitor successful?

The benefits of participating in AIRTEC include Ohio Brand building, exposure for our business and university co-exhibitors and business meetings with leading aerospace companies. We also attend some of the congress sessions to keep current on technology trends. Last year, we conducted over 40 business meetings, forging important relationships and providing several leads on potential attraction projects, one that is now close to coming to fruition.



Whom do you and your co-exhibitors want to meet at AIRTEC 2016?

We are working to schedule meetings with companies focused on precision machining, additive manufacturing, advanced materials including carbon fiber composites and Unmanned Aerial Systems.



What topics do you think are currently the most exciting in the aerospace supply chain?

The technology trends that are most exciting and key opportunities for Ohio include additive manufacturing, carbon fiber composite parts manufacturing, and Unmanned Aerial Systems covering aircraft manufacturing, sensors and data analytics.



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