Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 23, 2019
Sen. Paul Rosino
Senator applauds legislature’s continued support of aerospace
Rosino applauded the legislature this week for approving funding
to further boost the state’s growing aerospace industry. The
budget included increased resources for the Aerospace Commerce Economic
Services (ACES) Program, which was created through legislation by
the retired Navy veteran and signed into law in 2018.
Since being elected in 2017, Rosino has been a tireless advocate
for the industry traveling throughout Oklahoma visiting with aerospace
and aviation companies to ensure the state is working on the growth
of this important industry. He has vast experience in the industry
having been stationed at Tinker Air Force Base for nearly a decade
where he served in Strategic Communications Wing ONE in support
of their fleet of E-6B aircraft. He also was the Navy Liaison for
several years with the OC-ALC and Boeing on all E-6 depot and logistics
“The aerospace and aviation industry is booming, and with
financial backing and continued support like this from the legislature,
it has potential to get exponentially bigger, becoming the state’s
largest industry,” said Rosino, R-Oklahoma City. “This
adds to our arsenal of local, state and federal programs to support
these companies which provide high quality, high paying jobs for
Oklahomans while infusing our economy with a stable source of revenue.”
The ACES Program is a partnership of businesses, manufacturers,
military installations, commercial aviation, educational institutions,
nonprofit research institutions and state government working to
address the needs of the aviation, aerospace and defense industries.
The program, which is overseen by the Department of Commerce and
a panel chaired by the Governor, focuses on education, training,
research and economic development.
General (Ret) Ben Robinson, former Executive Director of Boeing
Aerospace Operations, OK, praised Rosino for championing strong
legislative involvement and support of the aerospace and aviation
“Oklahoma is rapidly becoming the premier state in the nation
for the aerospace industry,” said Robinson. “Senator
Rosino is one of our strongest aerospace advocates, and we’re
thrilled that he helped create the ACES program and was able to
secure $1 million this session to fund our aerospace economic development
group. This will pay dividends far in access of the $1 million investment.
He was also very instrumental in new aerospace companies moving
their operations to Oklahoma. We, in the industry, are grateful
for Sen. Rosino’s dedication as well as that of other legislators
and look forward to working with them and Governor Stitt in the
future to further grow our great industry.”
Oklahoma hosts the nation’s largest military aircraft depot,
airline owned maintenance base, flight simulator manufacturer and
FAA Center. The state also has one of the nation’s fully certified
space ports as well as several airline maintenance, repair and overhaul
companies and over 500 aerospace supply chain companies.
Oklahoma’s aerospace industry is a $44 billion industry that
employs more than 200,000 Oklahoma. The ACES program is estimated
to further grow the industry to $50-$60 billion annually. ACES’
precursor, the Center of Aerospace and Defense Supplier Quality
(CADSQ), provided a five to one or 517 percent return on the state’s
investment and ACES is expected to produce even more growth for
Robinson also noted that Oklahoma’s aerospace industry has
been successful because of the state’s major research universities
and career technology centers providing a well-educated, skilled
and motivated workforce. He also explained that the Oklahoma legislature
has passed laws supporting the growth of the industry such as the
unique “Aerospace Engineer Incentive Act”, the only
such public policy of its kind in the nation.
The ACES program has contributed to the creation of more than 4,000
new jobs through 17 aerospace and aviation companies that have already
started or will by 2021. The average salaries of some of the newly
created jobs span from $53,500 to more than $100,000.
Vice President of New Business Development Ray Ferreira shared Dow
Aero Logistics’ appreciation of Rosino’s work on behalf
of the industry.
“Dow Aero Logistics, LLC is very appreciative of Senator Rosino’s
efforts to grow the Aviation Industry within the State of Oklahoma.
His efforts to promote the establishment of the Oklahoma Aerospace
Commerce Economic Services (ACES) and AERO Day Oklahoma are enhancing
the quality of conversation among both small and big businesses.
We share with the Senator, his vision that the Aviation Industry
should become Oklahoma’s No. 1 industry.”
Rosino thanked his state and legislative colleagues as well as those
in the industry for their continued support and dedication to improving
the state’s aviation and aerospace industry.
“I want to thank the Aeronautics Commission, the Department
of Commerce and all of the companies, like Dow Aero Logistics, and
industry leaders, like Ben Robinson, who have worked so hard with
me to get ACES up and running the last two years,” said Rosino.
“I also want to thank my legislative colleagues and Governor
Stitt for their support. This is just the beginning. We must continue
to develop partnerships and let the world know that the Oklahoma
aerospace and aviation industry is open for business.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Rosino: (405) 524-0618