Leadership: Dan O’Connor

Practice Area Director, Aerospace & Defense
Office: 864-672-9742

Daniel (Dan) O’Connor is an Aerospace professional with over 30 years of experience in Engineering Management, Operations Management, Program Management and Business Development.  He has supported both large and small companies that include Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed and D3 Technologies/LMI Aerospace.

Dan’s strong technical background and leadership capabilities were recognized by D3 Technologies when they acted on his proposal in 2005 to build, staff and manage the Southeast Division in Greenville, SC.  During his tenure as Director of Engineering, he procured and/or managed the support of new aircraft development programs with Lockheed, Boeing commercial platforms, Airbus, Honda Jet, Spirit Aerospace, Triumph and many more.  Dan has also supported the Upstate Aviation Cluster in efforts to stimulate growth and coordination of aviation companies in South Carolina and is an active member of the South Carolina Aerospace Advisory Board.

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Market Intelligence Report

August 2017

  • Lockheed Martin announced they are building a $350M next generation satellite production facility in Denver, CO. The construction of the facility expects to employ over 1500 contractors within the next 3 years. CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Lockheed Martin currently needs to hire 18,000 people at its Forth Worth location to increase production of the F-35 aircraft and have 350 openings in the Denver area. CLICK HERE to explore their opportunities
  • According to a 2016 market and program forecast produced by analysts at the Teal Group, aerospace remains the healthiest industrial segment of the world economy. Between 2016 and 2025, they forecast production of 52,673 turbine-powered aircraft worth $2 trillion (numbers represent 2016 USD). CLICK HERE for more information.
  • S&L Aerospace Metals, a premier hydraulic aircraft manufacturing company, is expanding its manufacturing campus based in College Point, Queens, NY. This acquisition enables S&L to create approximately twenty new advanced manufacturing jobs for local residents. CLICK HERE to explore their opportunities.
  • United Technologies is weighing an acquisition of aviation equipment supplier Rockwell Collins. This deal could potentially rank among the largest ever in the industry.  CLICK HERE for more information.
  • The state of Georgia, home of more than 800 aerospace companies, launched the Georgia Defense Exchange at the end of July 2017 to open new opportunities for both traditionally defense- related businesses and service oriented companies with no experience in defense contracting. For more information on the resource CLICK HERE. 
  • Boeing has been awarded $409M Air Force contract for next- generation thermal, power and controls, part of the government and industry joint effort to develop revolutionary and innovative technologies, the Pentagon said on Thursday. CLICK HERE to learn more.
  • Allegiant travel company plans to invest $40M to establish a two- aircraft base at the Indianapolis international airport, which will create up to 66 high wage jobs by the end of 2017. Predicted openings include pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, and group personnel support. CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Boeing Co. is considering building a new commercial plane for direct flights that are currently too long for single- aisle jets and too expensive for wide- bodies. Analysts say the company’s North Charleston campus, which assembles the 787 Dreamliner, could be a likely production location for the new plane. CLICK HERE for more information.

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