Pacific NW Aerospace Cluster

Pacific NW Aerospace Cluster

The Pacific Northwest is home to one of the most robust and dynamic aerospace clusters in the world.  For 100 years, our aerospace industry has centered around Boeing.  Today, with more than 80,000 Boeing employees and thousands more from companies around the region, the Pacific Northwest is at the forefront of aerospace innovation when it comes to cutting edge aerospace composites, avionics, and alternative fuels.

Today, the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Cluster serves more than Boeing, and it goes beyond commercial jets.  It consists of thousands of companies big and small that serve every segment of aerospace – from commercial and military jets to unmanned systems and space age rockets.  With the evolution of composites, advancements in engines and new technology, the cluster’s future is brighter than ever.  The next 25 years will be limited only by the imagination of our cluster’s talented and experienced workforce.

Cluster Committee Members

Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA)
Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition
Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance
INWAC (Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium
Aerospace Futures Alliance
AUVSI Cascade
Idaho Commerce
Idaho Aerospace Alliance
Northwest Aerospace News Magazine
Center of Excellence
WA State Department of Commerce
Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport)
British American Business Connections
Aerospace Vendors
Coeur d'Alene Economic Development Council
Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)
Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
French American Chamber of Commerce PNW
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
UK British Consulate General
Royal Aeronautical Society
Women in Manufacturing (Washington Chapter)


Bring Pacific Northwest aerospace cluster organizations together to talk about
future collaboration, understanding how the organizations relate together.

  • Continue to unify the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Cluster
  • Establish common messaging for nodes and the cluster
  • How to further the cluster through communication

Breakdown By State

State Aerospace Workers Aerospace Companies Jets Per Year UAVs Per Year Space-Related Companies Space Industry Workers Universities Percent Growth
Washington 83400 1450 806 700 36 6200 58 15%
Oregon 3200             35%
Idaho 2500 160           41%