Rockford, IL, a once-proud manufacturing town, recently uncovered a potential solution to its decades-long economic struggle: a quietly thriving aerospace and aviation cluster. Local officials have grown fond of remarking that no airplane today flies without a component made in or around Rockford. And today, factions that hardly interacted before are finding ways to pull in the same direction -- even competing aviation companies. "The business community is stepping up in a new way," according to UTC Aerospace Systems, one such member of this effort.
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