What is the I-90 Aerospace Corridor?
Aerospace Manufacturing in central and eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana
The I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference & Expo is held annually in either Spokane, Washington or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The purpose of the event is to unite aerospace manufacturers and suppliers along the I-90 corridor between Wenatchee, Washington (to the west), and Missoula, Montana (to the east) along the I-90 freeway.
Mark Norton, president of INWAC
The Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC) is one of the partners in the I-90 Aerospace Corridor program. This year, their President, Mark Norton, had this to say about the partnership:
Why do you think that INWAC is good for the manufacturers in the region?
INWAC provides aerospace OEMs with an integrated, diverse supply chain that also provides logistical advantages because of the members’ geographic proximity. INWAC’s collaborative aerospace hub enhances the value offered by the individual members.
How have regional manufacturers along the I-90 corridor benefited from the I-90 Corridor conference?
The feedback that I have gotten from attendees and exhibitors indicates that networking at the conference has generated good sales leads and new relationships. In particular, the “matchmaking” sessions between OEMs and attendees has resulted in new business for many regional companies.
What is the future for INWAC in the region?
We are increasingly working with local economic development agencies for recruitment of aerospace industry into the region. By providing a liaison to the manufacturing community to these EDCs, we think we can increase the chances of bringing new industries into our area.
“It’s the economy…” said one very SMART economist
Why is the economy important to manufacturers in eastern Washington?
The I-90 Corridor Conference has partnered with Samuel Wolkenhauer, Regional Economist Labor, Public Affairs Bureau, Idaho Department of Labor, to provide and overview of why the aerospace manufacturing economy in the northwest and specifically northern Idaho and eastern Washington is thriving.
Here’s what Sam had to say:
“Aerospace in the Inland Northwest has enjoyed a confluence of being a dynamic industry in a dynamic geographic region. Demand for aerospace products is robust and steadily increasing in both domestic and international markets.
Simultaneously, the Inland Northwest has become a strong economic engine for America, as the population and our manufacturing industry moves away from the eastern heartland where it’s traditionally been found.
Our regional aerospace industry is growing because we have abundant land and people, existing supply chains, and there is inexorable demand from a global market.”
Participating Businesses – 2018
I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference
Aero 9 Finishes
AIT Worldwide Logistics
Aviation Specialties Unlimited
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BK-Jet, A Division of HUB International
Cascadia Aviation Consultant
CdAEconomic Development/Jobs Plus, Inc
Center Of Excellence Aerospace
Coeur d’Alene Airport
Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Commerce Dept of CTED
Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Critical Data Strategies
Cyber Self-Defense, LLC
Deer Park Airport/Chamber
Department for Mobile Trade
DMG Mori- USA
Eastern Washington University
Eclipse Screen Printing
Enoch Precision Machining
Enviro Tech Industries
Everett Technical College
Exbabylon IT Solutions
Greater Spokane Incorporated
Hamacher & Associates
Highwood Global Manufacturing
Idaho Aerospace Alliance
Idaho Department of Commerce
Idaho Department of Labor
Idaho Transporation Department
Intelligent Aerospace/Military & Aersopace Electronics
Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium
Klinger IGI, Inc.
KXLY Media Group
MLC CAD Systems, LLC
North Idaho College Aerospace Center
Northwest Aerospace News Magazine
One Accord Partners
PKG User Interface Solutions, Inc
Port of Moses Lake
Precision Cutting Technology
Proto Technologies, Inc.
Service Steel Aerospace
Shoshone County Airport
Sinbon USA LLC
Spokane Area Workforce Development Council
Spokane Community College
Strategic Tax Solutions
Tamarack Aerospace Group
The Boeing Company
TVT Die Casting
U.S. Commercial Service Idaho
U.S. Commercial Service Washington
US Aluminum Casting
Virtual QE LLC
Volt Workforce Solutions
Washington Trust Bank
Kick-off reception and expo preview
Minds-i Robotics of Liberty Lake, WA conducted an education session for regional students on the night before the conference. Their products offer a pioneering approach to prepare students for a future in STEM fields. Drones, robotics, UAVs and unmanned ground vehicles are becoming prevalent in the marketplace.
Training the next generation of students to build, operate, engineer and understand these systems is critical to success.
Featured Conference Presentations
Crane Aerospace – Trusted Innovation
Esterline – Korry Electronics – Esterline, a story of innovation
Empire Aerospace | Western Aircraft | Absolute Aviation – Understanding the Aerospace MRO Market
Idaho Department of Labor – Aerospace: Successes & Opportunities in the Inland Northwest (featured above)
US Commercial Service Idaho – Developing International Markets
The Boeing Company – Commercial Aviation Business Environment Supply Chain and Future Technologies
INWAC/I-90 Aerospace Corridor
Staci Nelson, Executive Coordinator
Mail: PO Box 641, Liberty Lake, WA 99019