Louisiana Aerospace Industry

Customized Solutions Built to Aerospace Specs

Louisiana's established advanced manufacturing sector provides unparalleled advantages for aerospace operations. Nationally recognized for its manufacturing talent, the state is making additional strategic investments in higher education programs to enhance skills and expertise. The state offers unparalleled infrastructure and logistics, an abundance of sites and expedited permitting. Add to that the nation's best state workforce development program and internationally competitive incentives, and it's clear Louisiana provides aerospace companies a competitive edge.  At the core of Louisiana's competitive advantages is the strength of its business climate. In recent years, the state has enacted reforms to create an atmosphere that Forbes magazine calls, "America's new frontier for business opportunity." Louisiana now ranks in the Top 10 states in the country for business climate according to several national publications including Area Development, Business Facilities and Site Selectionmagazines.

Globally-recognized aerospace companies such as AAR, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have established operations in Louisiana and are benefiting from the state's unique advantages.

Higher Education Programs Specialize in Aerospace Manufacturing

The majority of the state's research universities have institutes, programs and/or centers specializing in manufacturing focus areas.

  • The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, under the leadership of LSU and the University of New Orleans, leads a consortium of seven universities that conduct research focused on using composite and metallic materials in the production of aerospace structures.
  • Three Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) schools in Louisiana produce technicians with required certificates and FAA certifications: South Louisiana Community College, Southern University at Shreveport and SOWELA Technical Community College.

Additional research centers providing innovative partnerships and growth opportunities include:

  • Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Shreveport
  • Center for Lean Excellence, New Orleans
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Lafayette

In conjunction with private sector investments, Louisiana is willing to make additional commitments to support a company's goals. For example, LED FastStart® is working with AAR and SOWELA Technical Community College to create an apprenticeship program for the aerospace industry in Southwest Louisiana. An Aircraft MRO Center of Excellence will be established and a six-week, pre-employment apprentice program will train new potential employees, creating a pipeline of talent for AAR and other aviation service providers in the region. State investments in SOWELA will fund new or improved structures, systems and avionics; replacement and expansion of technical training equipment; national-caliber talent to lead the program; and updated aerospace labs.

Incentives Ready for Take-Off

Aerospace manufacturers will find a suite of highly competitive incentives designed to help their operations thrive in Louisiana.

  • For competitive projects that involve substantial job creation, major investment and the majority of sales to out-of-state customers, Louisiana's new Aerospace Manufacturing Payroll Incentive can provide up to a 12 percent payroll rebate over 10 years. Additionally, a participating company will be eligible for either a rebate of state sales and use taxes on capital expenditures or a 1.5 percent project facility expense rebate.
  • Louisiana also provides a 100 percent property tax exemption, including 100 percent of school taxes, for 10 years through its Industrial Tax Exemption Program.
  • In addition, the Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive — the nation's strongest, most comprehensive incentive for software development — provides a unique advantage to the aerospace industry. The incentive is applicable to customer-facing software, including aerospace-specific applications like navigation, communications, radar, defense and other embedded systems. Eligible projects receive a 35 percent refundable tax credit for payroll expenditures and a 25 percent refundable tax credit for qualified production expenditures. If the amount of tax credits exceeds the business' state income and franchise tax liabilities, the business receives the balance as a refund.

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