Carolinian Cluster Approaches Critical Mass

Students of industry clusters will find in North Carolina’s new aerospace industry a case study in how a sector takes root in a given area. Several companies, including Federal Express, Spirit AeroSystems and Honda Aircraft among others (visit for extensive coverage of these projects in previous issues) have begun operations in the state, adding thousands of jobs and justification for a closer look from aviation-related corporate site selectors.

Behind the scenes, state officials are racing to put in place the resources needed to develop and replenish the work force in order to build on this momentum and attract future aerospace investment.

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