Gov. Robert Bentley, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield and economic development specialists from around Alabama have begun a series of scheduled meetings at the Farnborough International Airshow with leaders of aerospace companies.
Bentley and the recruitment team from the Alabama Department of Commerce this morning held discussions with companies including Boeing, Airbus and U.K.-based GKN Aerospace, which has a substantial manufacturing operation in Alabama.
“Companies like Airbus and Boeing already know about that Alabama has a strong business climate and a solid support system for aerospace,” Bentley said.
“These companies have created good jobs for Alabama citizens, and we want to facilitate that growth to ensure more high-paying jobs are created,” he said.
At a kickoff breakfast Sunday, the governor said Alabama’s aerospace industry is primed for growth. Between 2011 and 2015, the state’s aerospace and defense sector attracted about $1.4 billion in new capital investment through projects with 6,000 jobs.