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About the Arkansas Aerospace & Defense Alliance

The Arkansas Aerospace & Defense Alliance is a group of public and private aerospace companies, government agencies and educational institutions dedicated to growing the aerospace, aviation and defense infrastructure in Arkansas and training a qualified workforce. Learn more.

Member Spotlight

american toolAmerican Tool & Machining Inc. is a family owned and operated business. Originated in 1979 servicing the manufacturing industry in Searcy Arkansas. Today American Tool & Machining Inc. plays a vital role in the manufacturing segment in central Arkansas along with repair and manufacturing of production and drilling parts for the oil and gas industry.

AeroplexThe Arkansas Aeroplex is a unique property located in Blytheville, Arkansas. Only here will you find the eclectic mix of business, industry, residential rental property, and a youth sports complex ‹all amidst a historic military base that played an essential role during the Cold War.

conwaymfggroup logoConway Manufacturing Group has been in business for over 45 years. Originally a tool and die shop, Conway began producing gripper bars for the Printing and Packaging industry in the 1980s. Since then, Conway Machine, Inc. gripper bars have become world-renowned for their high quality performance and competitive prices.

Tap Magic Mr Magic  Logo 294dpiThe Steco Corporation has been involved in designing and creating the world's greatest industrial cutting fluids since 1953. The Tap Magic line of products has become the most widely known name in cutting fluids, with greater precision, superior lubrication, and the best protection for your valuable tools. Our service is second to none, utilizing our industrial distributor network to ship our products nationally or internationally. We have some of the highest service levels in the industry. Higher performance and service doesn't necessarily have to mean a higher price tag. We take pride in being able to provide superior products with competitive prices. We do this because we believe that our customers come first.

SCRA MAGNETSSaline County Regional Airport is a modern facility opened March 12, 2007 with 5001 x 100 feet runway with full parallel taxiway, ILS approach, RNAV approaches, Medium Intensity Runway Lights with strobing runway end identifier lights. SUZ also has 24 hour self-serve 100LL Avgas, Jet-A with anti-icing additive and a Full Service Jet-A truck. The airport does not
charge ramp fees or landing fees and allows overnight stays for transient aircraft free of charge.

APS blueWith tremendous experience in military and commercial equipment and support devices, Aviation Procurement Systems is a complete supply chain management company. We work directly with a vast number of foreign governments worldwide, successfully distributing aerospace, defense and security products and supplies. 

mundo logoMundo-Tech, Inc. is an award winning manufacturer of fabricated tube assemblies for aerospace, defense, and commercial markets. We are a highly valued source for technically challenging tube assemblies in all alloys including Titanium, Inconel, Aluminum and Stainless. For over 25 years, Mundo-Tech has supplied CNC Tube Bending, Vacuum Waste SystemsSystems, Welding, Sheet Metal ComponentsComponents, and Oxygen Cleaning Services second to none. Our Six Sigma process trained work force is committed to outstanding quality and service excellence.

ERAU WW 0809Whether you are an active-duty service member, a veteran, or a civilian working at or around Little Rock Air Force Base, Embry-Riddle Worldwide is here to help you earn your college degree. A degree from Worldwide will help service members to become commissioned officers, will make veterans more desirable job candidates as they enter the civilian workforce, and will assist civilians with job advancement or career changes.

Odyssey LogoOdyssey Consulting offers innovative engineering solutions and effective management services to the aerospace and defense industry, enhancing customer capabilities to provide them with a sustainable competitive advantage. Our dedicated on-site staff become trusted partners with our customers as we work together to solve complex engineering challenges.

Peregrine New Logo 2TPeregrine description: The mission of Peregrine Integrated Management is to provide services to businesses and governmental organizations to increase efficiency, promote competitiveness, and prepare the next generation of leaders.The Vision of Peregrine is to be recognized as a premiere project management, process management, quality management consulting and training firm in Arkansas and to be a leader in the promotion of veteran business enterprises and veteran employment in the state. Click here to learn more:

Logo NabholzNabholz description: Founded as a small construction company in 1949, Nabholz is now a team of more than 900 industry-leading professionals working together to serve our clients, communities, and each other. Through the decades, we've grown into a national multi-service contractor offering a full range of construction, industrial, civil, and environmental services. Click here to learn more:

Logo CentralflyingCentral Flying Service description: Founded in 1939, Central is Arkansas' oldest general aviation firm. Today, through uncompromising dedication to excellence in everything we do, Central Flying Service is the premier general aviation firm in the south. As a proud, longstanding member of the Central Arkansas business community, we are pleased to offer each of our customers a brand of signature service carefully built on knowledge and experience over the course of 75 years in our industry. Click here to learn more :

Arkansas Aerospace Facts

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aerospaceThe diverse sectors of aerospace include commercial, civil and military aviation, defense and space. They encompass a wide array of talent and competencies. The industrial base includes researchers, engineers, technicians, mechanics, skilled machinists and precision production jobs.

jobs available 2Arkansas’ aerospace, aviation and defense industry employs nearly 10,000 Arkansans.

Figure-2-2012-Global-Aerospace--Defense-Industry-OutlookAerospace is Arkansas’s number one export, accounting for more than $1.8 Billion. Commercial airports generate $2 billion to Arkansas’ economy each year, and general aviation alone creates an economic impact on Arkansas of almost $500 million annually.

20130626-Dassault-Falcon-JetThere are approximately 180 aviation and aerospace-related companies in the state.

northwest-arkansas-regional-airportThere are 91 publicly-owned/publicly-used general aviation and community airports within the State of Arkansas, eight of which have airline services.