Governor honors Newark/Heath as ‘aerospace capital’ in 1996

Editor’s note: This story originally ran on Oct. 5, 1996, and is being republished to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the port authority.

HEATH – Gov. George Voinovich has vowed to assist the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority in its quest to bring additional jobs and high-tech businesses to the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center.

“I want (this) to become not only the aerospace capital of Ohio, but the aerospace capital of the world,” Voinovich on Friday told a group of about 500 Rockwell International Corp. officials, employees and state, federal and local leaders at the dedication ceremony for the Rockwell Guidance Repair Center.

The event capped a successful nine-month transition of the former Newark Air Force Base wokloads to private contractors Rockwell and Wyle Laboratories.