SOURCE: Ohio Business Development Coalition

March 15, 2007 09:27 ET

Ohio Offers Ideal Environment for Success in the Aerospace Industry

State's Resources for Business and Private Life Meet the Growing Demands of Industry Executives

COLUMBUS, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 -- The business and personal opportunities offered by the state of Ohio make up an ideal environment for success in the aerospace industry, according to the Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC). The OBDC is a nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment and supports Ohio's economic development efforts.

Ohio-based Parker Hannifin Corporation is just one example of a business leveraging Ohio's unique qualities and transforming them into success in the aerospace industry. With annual sales exceeding $9 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading producer of hydraulic, fuel, and pneumatic systems and components for the aerospace industry.

Leading executives at Parker Hannifin see the benefits of an Ohio-based business first hand.

"Ohio is home to one of the most comprehensive aerospace supply chains in the country and produces some of the top talent in the industry through its many excellent universities, colleges and technical schools," said Mark Seidel, general manager for Parker Hannifin's Gas Turbine Fuel Systems Division (

Seidel works with aircraft engine manufacturers and airframe integrators around the world. He has managed three separate aerospace companies for Parker Hannifin during his 25 years with the company; all three are headquartered in Ohio.

Seidel is the latest executive being featured in the "Why Ohio?" advertising campaign, a series highlighting prominent executives in a variety of industries who have found complete balance of life in Ohio. The latest ad is first appearing in the Wall Street Journal today.

On the personal side, Seidel cites Ohio's diversity of people and places as a key to Ohio's balance. As an avid golfer and fisherman, Seidel also couldn't be happier with the state's natural resources and walleye and bass fishing along Lake Erie's shores.

About the Ohio Business Development Coalition

The Ohio Business Development Coalition is a nonprofit organization that provides marketing strategy and implementation to support Ohio's economic development efforts.

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