Gov. Robert Bentley is leading an Alabama delegation of economic development leaders to the Farnborough International Airshow near London next week for meetings aimed at fueling growth in the state’s aerospace sector.
Bentley and a small team from the Alabama Department of Commerce will join recruiters and government leaders at the industry’s premier trade event, which attracts high-level executives from aerospace companies around the world.
“The aerospace industry continues to grow in Alabama because of the relationships we have built over many years, so it’s vital that we renew and strengthen those ties,” Bentley said. “The Farnborough Airshow is a perfect opportunity for us to meet with company leaders and encourage them to choose Alabama.
“My goal for this mission is to build on the foundation we have in place for additional job creation in the aerospace sector across the state,” he added.
Beginning Monday, July 11, Bentley, working closely with Commerce’s business development team, will meet with aviation and aerospace company representatives over three days. The companies include Boeing, Airbus and U.K.-based GKN Aerospace, which operates a large manufacturing facility and technical research center in Tallassee.