Lawmaker wants to boost Ohio aerospace industry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker wants to form a special panel that would work to boost the state's aerospace business.

Rep. Rick Perales, a Beavercreek Republican, says the state can do more to court and promote the aerospace and technology industry in the state. The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that he introduced a bill this week that would create the aerospace panel.

The 13-member Aerospace and Technology Study Committee would have six legislators — three from the House and three from the Senate, and seven members from industry, academia and the military from around Ohio.

The aerospace and defense industry is big business in Ohio with more than 130,000 workers and 1,200 suppliers. The Dayton-Cincinnati region has ranked at the top of aerospace product and aviation parts producers in the nation.


Information from: Dayton Daily News,