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Thornton is part of a larger region that has the highest private sector concentration of Aerospace employment in the Country. Thornton has had long term companies such as a division of DigitalGlobe and newer companies such as Intrex Aerospace and Geospatial Experts locate in the City. Aerospace is the one industry that has not declined in recent years and its expansion on the private sector side of the business will bode well for its growth going forward.

Regional Companies:

  • Intrex Aerospace, a precision computer numerical control machining company, is headquartered in Thornton. The 70,000-square-foot facility will accommodate more than 120 workers by 2016.
  • Lockheed Martin plans to relocate and add employees to its Space Systems headquarters in Jefferson County and could also add employees to its Information Systems & Global Solutions division at its Deer Creek Canyon site as a result of its company-wide consolidation. The company’s Waterton Canyon campus could also add as much as 200,000 square feet to accommodate the additional workloads.
  • DigitalGlobe, Inc. headquarters are located in Westminster in immediate proximity to Thornton. Recent changes could bring as many as 505 jobs to Colorado as the company continues to integrate GeoEye, Inc. into its existing operations. DigitalGlobe completed its $900 million acquisition of Virginia-based GeoEye in January 2013.
  • Ball Aerospace opened a $75 million, 90,000-square-foot expansion of its advanced satellite manufacturing center in Boulder. The expansion more than doublec its spacecraft production capability and includes a 60 percent increase in clean room space, state-of-the-art environmental testing systems, and capacity for a larger thermal vaccum chamber to test spacecraft.
  • Trimble Navigation, located in Westminster, is a leading integrator of a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies, and wireless communications. The 125,000-square-foot, 4-story building on a 15-acre campus houses 475 employees with space to accommodate 570 staff.
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation, a Louisville-based designer and manufacturer of advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market will add 79 positions and expand into a 50,000-square-foot space to build its new Dream Chaser spacecraft.
Source: Metro Denver EDC

Industry Headline

16,810 7.9% $135,609
Jobs (2013) % Growth (2008-2020) Avg. Earnings Per Job (2013)
206% above National average
(Location Quotient)
Nation: 2.3% Nation: $109,558
Source: EMSI, 4Q 2013

Regional Trends


  Region 2008 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Change
Region 17,055 18,407 7.9%
State 27,200 28,425 4.5%
Nation 1,136,152 1,162,333 2.3%
Source: EMSI, 4Q 2013

Aerospace Industry Supersector

Code Description
331512 Steel Investment Foundries
331524 Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting)
331528 Other Nonferrous Foundries (except Die-Casting)
332111 Iron and Steel Forging
332112 Nonferrous Forging
332313 Plate Work Manufacturing
332813 Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring
332993 Ammunition (except Small Arms) Manufacturing
333314 Optical Instrument and Lens Manufacturing
334220 Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing
334511 Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
336414 Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing
336415 Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Propulsion Unit and Propulsion Unit Parts Manufacturing
336419 Other Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing
339113 Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing
423860 Transportation Equipment and Supplies (except Motor Vehicle) Merchant Wholesalers
517919 All Other Telecommunications
541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)