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Aerospace Business is Big for Ohio

President Barack Obama could have been speaking about Ohio's aerospace industry when he said in his State of the Union address: the nation is facing a "Sputnik moment."

More than a century after Dayton's Wright brothers gave birth to flight, innovation is driving employment for more than 100,000 Ohioans directly involved in all facets of aviation.

Now, the No. 2 technical industry in Ohio needs a new coordinated, statewide focus to counter growing international competition, budget cuts and shifting priorities. That's the central conclusion of a year-long analysis by 75 industry leaders from across the state.

"It's incredibly important we don't take our aerospace industry for granted," says Gary Conley, president of Bond Hill-based TechSolve, an industry consulting center. "Every other country in the world wants what we have."

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