Governor will visit Paris Air Show to promote strength of state’s growing aerospace industry
Friday, June 16, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder is leading an investment mission to Europe, focusing on strengthening trade relationships and attracting job-creating business investments, particularly in the aerospace sector.
Snyder will meet with dozens of company and government leaders, from Saturday, June 17, through Friday, June 23.
“Michigan is a model on the national and global stage in the convergence of manufacturing and technology, and I’m taking this opportunity to share firsthand with leaders in other countries what Michigan has to offer,” Snyder said. “As the leader in automotive research and design, we have a strong manufacturing base and a talented workforce. Those qualities are attractive to employers considering expanding in the United States, and I’m going to tell them why they should create those jobs in Michigan.”
Snyder will start his mission in Paris meeting with executives from a number of French automotive companies. He will spend Tuesday and Wednesday at the International Paris Air Show, where he will meet with executives from leading aerospace companies as well as employers from Michigan that are exhibiting at the trade show.
Taking place June 19-25, the International Paris Air Show is more than 100 years old and is the largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world.
As the center of the North American auto industry, Michigan is the ideal location for aerospace supply chain and engineering companies:
Following Paris, Snyder will head to Germany where he will connect with local and state government officials, then travel to Italy to meet with business executives before returning to Michigan.
Officials from Macomb and Oakland counties, as well as representatives from Automation Alley, The Right Place in Grand Rapids and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will participate in the trip.
Leaders from 10 Michigan companies are traveling to the International Paris Air Show where they will meet with prospective partners, distributors and end customers to increase export opportunities within the aerospace sector. The trade mission is being led by Automation Alley in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s International Trade Program.
Michigan’s improved economy, strong manufacturing base and friendly business environment have made the state an attractive location for foreign investment. Recent investment in Michigan from European companies includes:
The trip marks the Snyder Administration’s fifth mission to Europe. Other missions led by Snyder or Lt. Gov. Brian Calley have included China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Chile, Columbia, India, Switzerland, Ireland and Great Britain. The missions have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of investments in Michigan by foreign companies adding jobs to Michigan’s workforce.
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