Defense Contracts

Newspaper: Ohio received $4.3 billion in defense contracts last year

A newspaper review finds that prime defense contract awards to Ohio companies climbed more than 20 percent in fiscal year 2003. That bumps the state from 15th to 12th among the 50 states. But the Dayton Daily News reports that not all of the four-point-three (b) billion dollars stayed in Ohio. The amount also did not account for work that Ohio subcontractors did for prime contractors in other states. The 20-point-37 percent increase was the biggest percent jump in ten years of statistics. Counties with big military installations or major contractor sites got the lion's share of the dollars. Hamilton County -- home of General Electric's Aircraft Engines division -- topped the list with one-point-two-seven (b) billion in contracts, nearly 25 percent more than 2002.