Monroe is ground zero for aerospace

Monroe had an opportunity last week to show why it has the highest geographic concentration of aerospace companies in North Carolina when it hosted the Aerospace Executive Forum. Monroe Economic Development and Union County Partnership for Progress co-sponsored the event, which was coordinated by the state of North Carolina. Chris Platé, executive director of Monroe Economic Development and the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport welcomed nearly 100 executives, and N.C. Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco spoke to the group, which included reporters from IEEE Spectrum and fDI magazines. Although it was a quick trip, the media got a taste of what our region has to offer. They talked with state leaders and local business executives, as well as Ray Jones, president of the NC Aerospace Alliance and CEO of VX Aerospace, and Scott Dorney, executive director of the NC Military Business Center. Reporters also got a first-hand look at operations when they toured Cyril Bath, Goodrich’s Monroe facility and Turbomeca, as well as Saertex in Huntersville and UNC Charlotte’s Center for Precision Metrology.
The forum connected industry executives and helped them to identify vendor opportunities. With nearly 30 composite firms and more than 60 aerospace/defense companies that employ about 7,000 workers throughout the 16-county region, there’s a lot more for the participants – and media – to see.

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