An economy built To

Take Man to the Moon

Orlando is at the center of an enormous cluster of aerospace and defense companies. The top seven companies on the Fortune 500 list all have operations – including major manufacturing operations – in or near Orlando.

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    #1 for STEM Job Growth in the U.S.

    Forbes, 2018

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    UCF is the Nation’s No. 1 Aerospace and Defense Workforce Supplier

    Aviation Week, 2015-2019

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    $6B+ Annual Simulation-Related Contracts

    National Center for Simulation, 2019

Known for the companies we keep

Featured Aerospace & Defense Companies

80 percent of workers in Orlando are employed outside of the leisure and hospitality industry. We’re a little more industrial than you might think.

Blue Origin

Blue Origin

Company: Blue Origin

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Description: Blue Origin, LLC is an American privately funded aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company.

Kaman Precision Products

Kaman Precision Products

Company: Kaman Precision Products

Description: Kaman Corporation is an American aerospace company. Kaman Precision Products, a division of Kaman Corporation, has a manufacturing facility based in Orlando.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company.

Lockheed Martin

Company: Lockheed Martin

Industry: Aerospace

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 5000-10000

Description: Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a global aerospace and defense technology company.

Northrop Grumman

Company: Northrop Grumman

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

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Description: Northrop Grumman is a global aerospace and defense technology company.

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-class developer and manufacturer of advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department…

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Company: Aerojet Rocketdyne

Industry: Aerospace

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 1000-5000

Description: Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-class developer and manufacturer of advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other agencies and companies, both in the United States and abroad.

Thales

Thales is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation…

Thales

Company: Thales

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 0-50

Description: Thales is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets.

L3Harris Technologies

L3Harris Technologies (L3Harris) is an American technology company, defense contractor and information technology services provider.

L3Harris Technologies

Company: L3Harris Technologies

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

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Description: L3Harris Technologies (L3Harris) is an American technology company, defense contractor and information technology services provider.

Leidos

Leidos is an American defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research company.

Leidos

Company: Leidos

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense, Energy

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 500-1000

Description: Leidos is an American defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research company.

“We think Orlando is an ideal location to grow our footprint and employment base given the city’s diverse, strong talent pipeline, available and affordable land with room to grow, and low taxes….”

– Frank St. John

Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control (MFC) Division at Lockheed Martin

It’s a smart world

After All

Orlando universities offer specialized programs dedicated to preparing the workforce of the future.

https://erau.edu/

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programs in Aerospace Engineering.

Aerospace Engineering

https://www.ucf.edu/aerospace-defense-industry/

University of Central Florida

550+ students have graduated with an aerospace engineering degree in the past five years. UCF has also established new doctorate in aerospace engineering.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

https://www.fit.edu/

Florida Institute of Technology

Located on the Space Coast and connected to global aerospace companies like Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and L3Harris.

B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

Major Developments

Orlando is at the center of an enormous cluster of aerospace and defense companies.

Lockheed Martin Expands R&D

Lockheed Martin completed the construction of its 255,00 square foot Research & Development facility in under one year.

Thales

Thales, a global technology leader for the aerospace, transport, defense and security markets based in Paris, France, expanded in Orlando, adding 173 new jobs in the region and investing $6.6 million in the local community.

A THRIVING ECOSYSTEM

Industry Assets

Orlando’s proximity to the Space Coast and history in simulation and defense supports a thriving aerospace cluster.

TEAM Orlando

Team Orlando is a unique, collaborative alliance of leading U.S. military organizations working in modeling, simulation and training in Orlando.

Central Florida Research Park

The Central Florida Research Park is a campus-like environment for business, located adjacent to the University of Central Florida. Businesses that desire a “university relationship” can purchase land in the Research Park on which to construct a facility or can lease space for office, office/lab or light manufacturing uses.

ORLANDO. YOU DON’T KNOW THE HALF OF IT.

Additional Focus Areas

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Get with touch with William Parsons, Director, Business Development | Advanced Manufacturing; Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, to learn more about how Orlando can support your talent and workforce needs.

Call him today: 407.902.2413

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