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Press Release - June 15, 2009

Governor Rell: 22 Connecticut Aerospace Companies Seek Business at Paris Air Show This Week

Contact: Rich Harris, 860-524-7313, rich.harris@ct.gov

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that a state-sponsored marketing program is once again helping to highlight Connecticut’s aerospace industry at a major international trade show, bringing 22 companies to the Paris Air Show. The international marketing efforts have led to $13 million in new business for Connecticut companies since 2006.

 
The Paris Air Show, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, opens today and runs through Sunday at the Le Bourget Exhibition Centre in Paris.
 
“Connecticut has long been an aerospace leader and now more than ever we need to be scrambling for every contract – and every job – we can bring home,” Governor Rell said. “Our aerospace companies, honed by years of supporting major manufacturers like Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky, can supply anything the international market needs. We want that business – and the jobs it will create.
 
“This marketing program provides international exposure and assistance for small and midsize contractors, subcontractors and employers who might not be able to compete for global business on their own,” the Governor said. “The Paris Air Show, one of the industry’s largest shows, represents an ideal venue for Connecticut companies. These shows draw more than 500,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors – including all major manufacturers – over a seven-day period.”
 
This year’s group of Connecticut companies is the largest to participate in the program since its inception. It includes eight new companies as well as 14 that have participated in past trips to the Paris or Farnborough, England, air shows.
 
Each of the 22 companies will exhibit in a 96-square-meter booth that includes several small meeting areas, two large video monitors, graphic displays showing products and services made in-state and static displays from Connecticut Corsair, SPX Precision Components and Pratt & Whitney.
 
The theme for the state booth – Connect to Connecticut, the Global Aerospace Leader. Empowering Innovation, Creating Success – will be carried throughout the exhibit on all graphics and displays.
 
This is the fourth time that a contingent of Connecticut companies has attended an international aerospace show under the marketing program, which is organized by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT)
 
“Aerospace continues to drive Connecticut’s economy and is critical to our long-term competitiveness in today’s global marketplace,” DECD Commissioner Joan McDonald said. “International trade and investment will be key factors in determining our success, especially in today’s economic climate. Trade shows like the Paris Air show help DECD in its mission of linking Connecticut companies with business opportunities wherever they may present themselves.”
 
“This program has consistently delivered new opportunities and new contracts for Connecticut’s aerospace companies – the kind of growth that boosts the region’s economy and helps retain and create valuable manufacturing jobs,” said Elliot Ginsberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of CCAT.
 
Companies attending this year’s Paris Air Show through the program are:
 
Aero Gear, Inc.
Aerospace Alloys, Inc.
AGC, Inc.
Applied Controls Technology (ACT)
Capewell Components
Cursor, LLC
EDAC Technologies Corp.
Aero Engine Component Repair
Apex Machine Tool
Gros-ite Large Machining
Gros-ite Precision Spindles
Flanagan Industries
Projects Inc.
Reno Machine Company
Snappy Materials
Alloy Metals
Supra Alloys
SPX Precision Components
Whitcraft LLC
AO Sherman
Connecticut Tool
Reliable Manufacturing

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