Leaders discuss aerospace industry expansion in Eastern Kentucky

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) One thing we heard a lot about at this year's SOAR Summit is building a 21st century Appalachia.

Some believe one way of doing that by looking to the sky, through aerospace manufacturing.

Friday afternoon, leaders met to discuss how aerospace manufacturing can benefit the region.

Aerospace includes making parts for aviation and space flight and has increased more than 100 percent in the past five years.

Aerospace manufacturing also provides many options of things that could be built.

"That's the beautiful part about aerospace it's not just outer space it's helicopters, it's airplanes, it's the cabinet you push down when you're in an airplane to put your bag inside of, it's the chair inside an airplane," said Matthew Satterwhite, President and COO of Kentucky Power.

Appalachian Sky is a new initiative to attract aerospace manufacturers.

Braidy Industries is the first company to commit to bringing aerospace manufacturing to Eastern Kentucky.