Aerospace Summit set for Wednesday

LANSING—Representatives from leading aerospace companies will attend the Pure Michigan Aerospace Summit on Wednesday, April 10.

The gathering of teams from global companies looking to establish contracts with Michigan-based suppliers underscores the state’s fast-growing aerospace landscape and broader business climate that includes one of the strongest manufacturing-based economies in the country.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit.

Ranked among the top 10 states for the aerospace industry by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Michigan is home to more than 600 aerospace-related companies and nationally recognized for its access to nine of the 10 largest research and development centers. Also, with 17 universities and technical schools with aerospace and aviation curricula, Michigan is a top state for employment per capita of mechanical, industrial and aerospace engineers, supplying the talent needed for aerospace companies to thrive in the state.

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is coordinating meetings on behalf of hundreds of Michigan-based companies with purchasing teams from Lockheed Martin, Boeing Research and Technology, Aernnova Aerospace, RCO Aerospace Products and GE Aviation, among others. In general, these companies are looking to purchase services and materials related to CNC machining, metal fabrication, circuit card assembly, electromagnetics, welding, treating, coating, and adhesives, along with architectural and engineering expertise.

Since 2011, PMBC has spearheaded connections among suppliers and purchasers that have facilitated more than $8 billion in contracts and purchase orders between global companies and qualified Michigan-based companies, all while creating or retaining more than 40,000 jobs in Michigan.

In addition to aerospace, PMBC hosts summits and facilitates contracts for small- and medium-sized Michigan businesses in a range of industries, including automotive, agriculture, aviation, defense and cybersecurity.

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