Riverside is Aerospace Ready

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16 Nov 2022


Our region’s aerospace manufacturing industry has been a backbone of our regional profile since the birth of the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur. With our proximity to Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), our strength with airplane OEM manufacturing, and infrastructure improvements to Dayton International Airport, Riverside and Montgomery County continue to invest and foster the aerospace industry with emphasis on research, development, and innovation.

Space is the Place

Aerospace is more than just a travel and transportation industry. Aerospace encompasses all manufacturing concerns that deal with vehicular flight within and beyond Earth’s atmosphere. This means aerospace is and will continue to be an in-demand, consistently growing, global industry. 

The global space economy is estimated to surpass $1 trillion in revenues by 2040. Industries connected to aerospace like AAM, space market, defense contractors, OEMs, suppliers and cybersecurity are in high demand. Because of the demand, these are amongst the top trends to watch and join. Also, travel. As the pandemic gave people a new lease on life, 60% of Americans say they plan to travel more. Airlines have increased focus on short-haul and domestic flights rather than longer, international flights. This is additional confirmation for the demand in AAM. 

Aerospace is one of the most important industries in which military regimes across the world give high budgets, focus, and attention. Right here, in Riverside’s backyard, we have WPAFB doing the same.

WPAFB Expansion

WPAFB broke ground on a $153 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) that is scheduled to be done by 2025.  NASIC serves the Department of Defense by providing engineering-level scientific and technical intelligence on air, space, missile, and cyber threats. According to WPAFB’s announcement, “The mission at NASIC is critically important to national security and they need technologically-advanced and upgraded facilities with additional space to fulfill their intelligence missions.” - Colonel David Norton, director of AFCEC’s Facility  Engineering Directorate. “Pretty much every scientific and technical foundational product that needs to be done for the United States Space Force is done right here,” Colonel Maurizio Calabrese, NASIC’s commander.

This expansion brings a five-story Intelligence Production Complex at 255,000 sq ft. “Our newest facility will continue to accelerate us into the future with added seat capacity, advanced laboratory capabilities and give us that ability to produce the nation’s finest, foundational, scientific and technical intelligence available for our policymakers, our warfighters, and our acquisition professionals,” Colonel Maurizio Calabrese, NASIC’s Commander

For Sale/Lease Near WPAFB

Riverside offers businesses a strategic advantage not easily found - access to a strong defense contractor network and being so close to most of the aerospace and defense industry advancements that will be happening in WPAFB’s Intelligence Production Complex. Businesses will be amongst an elite group of technology, aerospace, and cybersecurity firms like Collins Aerospace, Treble One, and Space Dynamics Laboratory. Riverside also offers low business costs, low living costs, and access to a skilled workforce. 

Riverside has sites ready for development and office space for lease near WPAFB. 

  • 13 vacant acres - Springfield Street across from WPAFB and the United States National Air Force Museum.
  • 101 Woodman Drive- 53,000 square feet flex space 

For more information, contact Lori Minnich at LMinnich@riversideoh.gov.