CLEVELAND, OH–More than 200 Ohio companies met with leaders from Airbus at today’s unprecedented procurement conference held at Cleveland’s Ohio Aerospace Institute. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped organized today’s conference, the first of two planned in Ohio to strengthen the state’s aerospace industry and presented a video message.
“This is about building on Ohio’s rich aerospace heritage to create new jobs,” Brown said. “We’re using our status as the national center for aerospace industries to pave the way for companies like Airbus to do more business in Ohio. These opportunities can help expand business, create more jobs, and generate economic activity in our communities.”
To watch Brown’s video message, please click HERE.
Attending the conference was Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor, who underscored the importance of the new partnership between Airbus and Ohio suppliers. In October, McArtor announced the formal partnership on a news conference call with Sen. Brown. More information can be found HERE.
“Airbus is increasing its presence in the U.S, with a total investment of about $10 billion only last year, supporting over 180.000 jobs. Ohio based companies represent nearly 40 % of this amount, supporting over 70,000 jobs,” McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Americas said. “Ohio is a high-tech, strong aerospace state and with a business minded government approach we see an excellent basis where Airbus and its key suppliers could further increase its links with Ohio.”
Currently, there are more than 1,200 companies that support more than 120,000 jobs in Ohio’s aerospace industry. Today’s conference enabled Ohio suppliers and aerospace companies to become acquainted with Airbus’ procurement processes and guidelines, to hear first-hand experiences from key subcontractors, and to meet one-on-one with Airbus officials.
In 2008, Airbus spent $3.96 billion procuring supplies from Ohio entities, ranking the state first for Airbus spending in the United States and fifth in the number of Airbus suppliers. The conference in Cleveland today is the first of its kind for Northern Ohio. A second expo is planned for the Southern Ohio region during the first quarter of 2010.