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.

His take…

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.

Mark Norton INWAC president

Mark Norton INWAC president

“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.”

Samuel Wolkenhauer | Regional Economist Labor Public Affairs Bureau Idaho Department of Labor

Samuel Wolkenhauer | Regional Economist Labor Public Affairs Bureau Idaho Department of Labor

Participating Businesses – 2018

I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference
Spokane, WA


Absolute Aviation
Accra-Fab, Inc.
Adion Systems
Advanced Benefits
Advanced Packaging
Aero 9 Finishes
Aero-flite Inc.
Aerocet Inc.
AIT Worldwide Logistics
Altek, Inc.
AMI Metals
Aviation Specialties Unlimited
bank cda
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BK-Jet, A Division of HUB International
Cascadia Aviation Consultant
CdAEconomic Development/Jobs Plus, Inc
Center Of Excellence Aerospace
CGTech Vericut
CM Manufacturing
Coeur d’Alene Airport
Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Coffman Engineers
Commerce Dept of CTED
Control Tek
Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Critical Data Strategies
Cyber Self-Defense, LLC
Cybersecurity Professionals
Cygnus, Inc
Deer Park Airport/Chamber
Department for Mobile Trade
Dependable Machine
Eastern Washington University
Eclipse Screen Printing
Economic Modeling
Empire Aerospace
Enoch Precision Machining
Enviro Tech Industries
Esterline-Korry Electronics
Everett Technical College
Exbabylon IT Solutions
Fuchs Lubrication
Future Frontiers
G Zero
Greater Spokane Incorporated
Grindall Pro
Hamacher & Associates

Highwood Global Manufacturing
Idaho Aerospace Alliance
Idaho Department of Commerce
Idaho Department of Labor
Idaho Transporation Department
Impact Washington
Intek Corp
Intelligent Aerospace/Military & Aersopace Electronics
Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium
Johnston Engineering
Kaiser Aluminum
Klinger IGI, Inc.
Knight Construction
KXLY Media Group
Launch TWS
Leeham News
Mervyn Group
MLC CAD Systems, LLC
Moss Adams
Multi-Fab Inc
Nortec Humidity
North Idaho College Aerospace Center
Northwest Aerospace News Magazine
Northwest Fourslide
Novation Inc.
One Accord Partners
Pegasus NW
PKG User Interface Solutions, Inc
Port of Moses Lake
Precision Cutting Technology
Profit Creek
Proto Technologies, Inc.
Quest Aircraft
Quest Integration
Sabrewing Aircraft
Service Steel Aerospace
Shoshone County Airport
Sinbon USA LLC
Space X
Spokane Area Workforce Development Council
Spokane Community College
Spokane County
Spokane Industries
Strategic Tax Solutions
Syringa Networks
Tamarack Aerospace Group
Techna NDT
Teton Machine
The Boeing Company
Thompson Precision
Titan Spring
TVT Die Casting
U.S. Commercial Service Idaho
U.S. Commercial Service Washington
Unitech Composites
US Aluminum Casting
Versa Built
Virtual QE LLC
Volt Workforce Solutions
Washington Trust Bank
Weber Metals
Western Aircraft

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.

Minds-I robotics logo

Blurred view from behind the audience waiting to hear from the speaker in the seminar in the building on blurred background.

Captivating presentations punctuated this 2018 conference!

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
Phone: 509.342.8197
Email: snelson@inwac.org
Mail: PO Box 641, Liberty Lake, WA 99019