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BRIEF: Conference to boost region's aerospace industry

July 29, 2014

By Dave Larsen, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

July 29--Ohio business owners and state officials will have the opportunity to learn about contracting with international aircraft manufacturer Airbus at a conference Sept. 15 at the National Composite Center in Kettering.

The procurement conference is intended to facilitate increased business between Ohio's aerospace manufacturers and Airbus, according to a media release.

Airbus spent $14.4 billion for aircraft-related procurement with U.S. companies in 2013, with Ohio receiving nearly half of that spending. The company intends to nearly double its procurement spend in the U.S. by 2020, officials said.

In June, this newspaper reported that the state's Edison Advanced Manufacturing Program awarded a $500,000 grant to the Composite Center for the development of a technology hub with Airbus.

The procurement conference is co-hosted by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio; David Williams, Airbus Americas vice president of procurement; and the Composite Center.

Prospective companies that wish to attend the conference can register online at


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