Welcome to my travel journal!

As we make our final arrangements for our upcoming trade mission to Ireland and England, I hope you’ll follow along and visit this travel journal frequently as we promote our products overseas to create jobs here at home.

Along with approximately 40 leaders from Washington state — representing our aerospace, green-energy and technology sectors, I will be spending a week in Europe talking about Washington state – growing our businesses here at home, and attracting new ones to our state.

As you’ll hear from those I’m traveling with, there is no alternative to face-to-face introductions to launch new business relationships.

We know these trade missions pay off. Last June, my trade mission to Spain, France and Germany resulted in immediate new contracts. Here are a couple of the success stories shared with participants of the last trip:

ORION Aerospace

Federal Way, WA

As a result of the trade mssion, ORION developed several key relationships that the company was unable to develop before.

“One of those relations has resulted in two major contracts worth more than $4 million over five years. The contracts will increase employment at our Federal Way plant by about 14 people.”

Tom Brosius

ORION General Manager



Seattle, WA

After meeting with three automotive manufacturers during the European trade mission, Enprecis plans to hire 5 new employees to meet the demands of new contracts that resulted from the trip.

“We’re finalizing a deal with an auto manufacturer for up to $500,000 per year – with another multi-million dollar deal in the works.”

 Richard Counihan

Enprecis CEO


TLG Aerospace

Seattle, WA

Within months, TLG Aerospace is already seeing the benefits of their time spent at the Paris Air Show. The company is already in the process of solidifying several new contracts, and continues to work with other domestic and international clients met during the trip to secure even more. 

“The governor’s presence at the Paris Air Show opened doors and allowed high level meetings for local businesses that would not have been possible without her attendance. We’re currently working active proposals with four new domestic and international clients worth approximately $3 million.”

Steve Muenzberg

TLG Aerospace President and Chief Engineer


Absolute Aviation

Spokane, WA

 Absolute Aviation attended the trade mission with several goals in mind, and returned from the trip meeting them all. As a result of the trade mission, Absolute expects the company’s international sales will double in the next two years.  

“Absolute Aviation had multiple goals including establishing relationships with new European airline customers. That goal was met, with work already coming from Air France.”

 Randall Julen

Absolute Aviation General Manager

I know we’ll hear more stories of success during and following this trip. Follow along with us as we showcase Washington abroad. I’ve asked participants to join me in updating this travel journal – and we’ll share pictures along the way.


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