Yakima County Development Association - Aerospace - Yakima County Development Association - Yakima, WA


The Yakima Valley hosts a variety of companies that support Washington State's aerospace industry.  Whether they make flight landing gear, aircraft interiors, or light sport airplanes, the region's aviation companies enjoy relatively low operating costs, special state incentives, and a cadre of highly skilled workers.  With affordable real estate options and sites available at the Yakima airport, our region offers expanding aerospace companies the room to grow and the resources they need to succeed.  For a downloadable Aerospace Industry packet click here.

Competitive Advantages

  • Yakima is proximate to Seattle and one of the world’s largest aerospace production clusters. Aerospace companies located in our metro area can provide just in time support to Boeing and a host of key aerospace suppliers.
  • The Yakima Valley’s lower land, electricity, labor and tax costs can help aerospace companies maintain margins. Companies can typically save 10-20 percent on operating costs in Yakima compared to Seattle and other larger cities.
  • A variety of tax incentives can help expanding aerospace firms reduce operating costs and train key employees.



Aerospace Firms

CubCrafters Yakima Light Sport Aircraft Manufacturing
Triumph Actuation Systems Yakima Actuators, Landing Gear, and Related Components
Pexco Union Gap Extruded Plastic Moldings and Compartments



Aerospace Supporting Firms

Amtech Corporation Wapato Fiberglass Molding
ASAP Metal Fabricators Yakima Sheet Metal Fabrication
Cascade Quality Molding Yakima Injection Moldings & Coatings
Composites Atlantic Limited Ellensburg Wiring Harnesses & Supplies
Farwest Fabricators Yakima Metal Fabrication
M&M Fabricators Union Gap Sheet Metal, Stainless Steel Fabrication
Magic Metals Union Gap Sheet Metal Fabrication
McCormick Air Center Yakima Aircraft Service, Maintenance, and Storage
Yakima Steel Yakima Steel Fabrication & Machine Shop


Employment & Wage Data

Industrial Production Manager 90 $37.65
First Line Supervisors - Production 570 $22.56
Human Resource Manager 50 $44.24
Bookkeeping, Accounting, Auditing 1,180 $17.85
Office Clerk, General 1,200 $14.79
Machinist 220 $20.58
Structural Metal Fabricators/Fitters 40 $20.36
Welders/Cutters/Solderers 360 $17.76
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators 230 (2011 data) $18.82 (2011 data)
Cutting/Punching Press Machine Operators 8 $15.72
Coating/Painting/Sprayers Machine Setters 70 $15.81
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 280 $23.24
Helpers - Production 410 $12.08
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013    


"We're impressed with the work ethic that we find here in Yakima County. " - Jesse Rodriguez, HR Manager, Can Am Steel Sunnyside