CONCORD, NH – One of New Hampshire’s fastest growing industry sectors comes together on June 10 at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center for its first-ever conference, bringing together some of the 350 companies in the state involved in aerospace and defense.
Building the Supply Chain for New Hampshire’s Aerospace and Defense Export Markets is the theme of what will become an annual event. The New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Conference is being organized by the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium; the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership, with sponsorship by BAE Systems. Paul Kling, deputy vice president of operations and supplier partnerships for BAE, is the keynote speaker. Two panel discussions will cover topics relating to export strategies.
“New Hampshire is home to about 350 aerospace and defense companies, which employ over 7,000 people who earn an average annual salary of about $97,000,” said Zenagui Brahim, chairman of the NHADEC Board of Directors and president of NH-MEP. “This conference will focus on the state’s capabilities in aerospace and defense and provide a forum for the industry to come together to strengthen the local supply chain and increase our competitiveness in the global marketplace.”
About 4 percent of New Hampshire’s gross domestic product is aerospace/defense, Brahim said, the sixth highest in the nation. In 2014, exports in the aerospace sector increased more than 25 percent.
The event, which runs from 4 to 8 pm on June 10, is free, but registration is required at www.nhadec.com/nhad-conference. A few exhibit spaces are still open. For more information about the conference, call Dawn Wivell at 603-836-4207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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