KETTERING, OH-U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Governor Ted Strickland addressed more than 300 Ohio aerospace companies at today's Airbus Procurement Summit held at the National Composite Center. Ohio companies met with leaders from Airbus Americas at the second Ohio procurement summit aimed at strengthening the state's aerospace industry and fostering growth in Ohio's partnership with Airbus. The first summit was held in December 2009 at Cleveland's Ohio Aerospace Institute. Brown helped organized both events.
"This is about building on Ohio's rich aerospace heritage to create new jobs," Brown said. "Following the success of our first conference in Cleveland, we are continuing to build on Ohio's status as a national center for aerospace industries and to push for companies like Airbus and its main suppliers to do more business in Ohio. These opportunities can help expand business, maintain and create more jobs, and generate economic activity in our communities."
Also speaking at the conference were Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor.
"Through this partnership with Airbus, we are committed to helping the aerospace industry continue to grow in Ohio," Strickland said. "Airbus spends more in Ohio than any other state, and we want to make sure it stays that way. With our history of skilled manufacturing and our innovative workforce, Ohio has the right tools to make the aerospace industry a major player in our economy."
McArtor also underscored the importance of the 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 celebrating its 40th year in business this year - and every one of those years has been in partnership with the Ohio aerospace industry," said McArtor. "Our economic footprint in the US has grown dramatically over the years and Ohio is the state where we spend most. Of the $10 billion Airbus spent in the U.S. last year, over $4 billion was invested with Ohio companies. 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. Our last conference in Cleveland gave us and the tier one suppliers present some good leads and we hope to achieve the same here today," he added.
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 and Tier 1 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. Airbus total investment in 2008 in the U.S. amounted to $10 billion, supporting more than 180,000 jobs.