WYSO

Wright Company Factory Site Awarded Grant Funding For Restoration

Jun 8, 2016

Sen. Cliff Rosenberger spoke to a small crowd outside of the Wright Company factory site.
Credit Hannah Boone

The State has approved $1 million in funding to preserve the historic Wright Airplane Factory site on Dayton's west side.

The grant will be used by the National Park Service to preserve the exterior of two buildings. They’ll also create a replica of the brother’s first manufactured plane.

State officials say the project will revitalize West Dayton.

"All of our delegation now, in one voice, continue to look at ways to advance our region," said House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. "Not only in the ways of our historical past, but ensuring that we continue to do things, to rebuild and continue to build on economic development and quality of life for all Ohioans."

The factory’s two structures were built by the Wright Company in 1910 and 1911. They were the first in America used for airplane manufacturing.

There’s no word yet on when construction will begin.