Understanding the Industry

From Larry Cluphf, Director of the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center and a member of the Air Washington group:

Why did so many businesses and educators decide to join the governor at the Paris Air show and visit companies in Germany? Because we know that Washington’s economy is highly linked to the aerospace industry.

There are 650 aerospace related companies in Washington besides the Boeing Company. If we are to keep and grow the aerospace industry, we must pay attention to our current customers, provide new research, be aware of current trends and above all understand our competition. Besides Washington, fifteen other states plus international representatives were well represented and vying for this business. This trip has allowed the delegation the opportunity to represent and promote Washington as a place to do business plus reaffirm our commitment to the aerospace industry.

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