VIPs join efforts to open supplier network
Kettering, Ohio – Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will jointly open the second Airbus Ohio Supplier Conference today, April 6th, at the National Composite Center to help facilitate more business between Ohio companies, Airbus and its supply chain. A total of more than 300 attendees from Ohio-based manufacturing companies have registered for the event.
“This is about building on Ohio’s rich aerospace heritage to create new jobs,” Brown said. “Following the success of our first conference in Cleveland, we are continuing to build on Ohio’s status as a national center for aerospace industries and to push for companies like Airbus and its main suppliers to do more business in Ohio. These opportunities can help expand business, maintain and create more jobs, and generate economic activity in our communities.” “Airbus is celebrating its 40th year in business this year – and every one of those years has been in partnership with the Ohio aerospace industry,” said McArtor. “Our economic footprint in the U.S. has grown dramatically over the years but nowhere greater than in Ohio. Of the $10 billion Airbus spent in the U.S. last year, over $4 billion was invested with Ohio companies. Ohio is a high-tech, strong aerospace state and with a business-minded government approach. We see an excellent foundation where Airbus and its key suppliers could further increase its links with Ohio. Our last conference in Cleveland gave us and the tier-one suppliers present some good leads and we hope to achieve the same here today.”
The second conference of its type to take place in Ohio, these activities are part of a partnership, announced in fall last year by Senator Brown and Allan McArtor, aimed at growing the state’s aerospace industry by identifying new opportunities and bringing the members of the industry together in pro-active collective and one-on-one meetings. The companies present include both current aerospace companies and those that aspire to enter the industry.
Gary Conley, President & CEO of TechSolve, Lead Edison Center Aerospace for The State of Ohio, continued: “With the Aerospace industry projecting the need for 27,000 new aircrafts for the next 20 years, partnering with industry leaders like Airbus will help revive Ohio’s manufacturing economy.”
According to OAI, there are more than 1,200 companies in Ohio that support more than 120,000 jobs in Ohio’s aerospace industry. Last year, Airbus spent $4.3 billion procuring supplies from Ohio entities, ranking the state first for Airbus spending in the U.S. and sixth in the number of Airbus suppliers. This figure does not include indirect subcontracts awarded to Ohio aerospace companies from direct Airbus suppliers.