Big News!

Wrapped up my first day at the Farnborough Air Show – and it couldn’t have gone better! My staff and I met with more than a dozen aerospace companies – encouraging them to either do business with Washington state aerospace suppliers, or locate offices in Washington state. I’m more than confident that these conversations will lead to great results –

Speaking of great results – what a day for Washington state from Farnborough! Not only did Boeing announce a record deal for the 737 MAX (great news for our suppliers!) – we also had a string of announcements that will lead to additional new jobs in Washington state. Watch the video below – this is me congratulating Umbra Cuscinetti – an aerospace supplier that announced today it is expanding in Washington state – and adding 100 new employees. Fantastic news!

Today we also learned that Washington based Aerojet will be expanding its space rocket engine business into Europe. The company already employs 450 high tech workers at its Redmond offices. The new European venture is expected to provide key subcontracted work for its facility in Redmond, providing not only revenue growth but job growth for the region. More great news!

Fokker Aerostructures also informed me during a meeting today that it plans to add 60 engineers to its offices in Mukilteo!

To top off the afternoon – Dassault Systèmes signed an agreement with the Washington Board for Community and Technical Colleges – which will make CATIA, Dassault Systèmes’ computer-aided design (CAD) program, available to the state’s two-year colleges at a deeply discounted price. The agreement will allow thousands more students to train on the cutting-edge software required by Boeing and other aerospace employers. Dassault Systèmes’ has agreed to sell 1,200 educational-use licenses of the 3D training software to the state board for $9,150, or $7.63 per license. Individual colleges have paid between $200 and $350 per license in the past!! That’s tremendous savings – thank you Dassault!

We do it again tomorrow!

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