Gov. Herbert meets with aerospace companies at Paris Air Show

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Utah is one of the top states in the nation for aerospace and defense. This sector is an increasingly important part of our economy, and working with world-class aerospace companies creates opportunities for more Utahns to thrive.

This week at the Paris Air Show, Gov. Gary R. Herbert met with top executives from the following aerospace companies: Airbus, Albany International, Bell, Boeing, Boresight, Collins, Hexcel, Lockheed Martin, L3, Northrop Grumman, and Parker Aerospace.

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A carbon fiber engine produced by Utah-based company Hexcel, on display at the Paris Air Show. Much of this machinery is built out of Utah-made carbon fiber produced in West Valley City by Hexcel, which is a participant in Talent Ready Utah’s Aerospace Pathways Program.

Utah has strong relationships with all of these companies and the trade delegation was able to remind them why Utah, with more than 33,500 aerospace workers (such as engineers, materials scientists, and machine operators) is an ideal place to locate and expand their businesses.

Utah is continually looking to provide more education opportunities for those looking to enter aerospace-related professions. For example, Utah currently has seven different specialized programs that help train and educate machinists, welders and composite technicians.

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Gov. Herbert was also able to greet the team of pilots representing Hill Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force while at the Paris Air Show. This team of men and women flew F-35s throughout the show.