The city of Monroe has been named one of the Top 10 Successful Aviation and Aerospace Clusters in the South for 2012 by Southern Business and Development magazine.
Monroe has worked to diversify its economy following the Sept. 11 attacks. In the past decade, the citys economic development department has worked to create the states largest concentration of aerospace companies, with about 3,000 jobs and nearly $600 million invested by aerospace companies since that time.
Aerospace now accounts for 26 percent of Monroes manufacturing labor force.
It is such an honor to continue to receive recognition as a national leader in aerospace, said Chris Platé, Monroes executive director of economic development and aviation.