The Advanced Manufacturing industry of the Greater New Orleans region is focused primarily on the design, manufacturing, and assembly of military ground transportation vehicles, civilian and military aircraft, space vehicles, and both naval and commercial ships and boats. Home to premier NASA facilities, major high-tech manufacturers, a talented workforce, and a world-class incentive package, the region is one of the only areas in the world equipped to manufacture such advanced products.
The regional assets for this industry are focused in space and defense manufacturing; namely NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, nearby Stennis Space Center, Huntington-Ingalls’ Avondale Shipyard, Bollinger’s ship building and repair facilities, and Textron’s two manufacturing operations. This access to several large defense contractors as well as NASA allows the region to leverage government procurement contracts and regional technology expertise that aids other advanced manufacturing operations. The advanced manufacturing industry in the region has the advantage of perfect location, unparalleled infrastructure, lucrative incentives and a talented workforce.