International Business / Aerospace and Defense
Maryland delegation attends Farnborough Airshow
By Karen Glenn Hood /
July 11, 2016

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joins Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill in leading a delegation of nine Maryland companies to the Farnborough Airshow, which kicks off today in Hampshire, England and runs through July 17.

The show, which draws more than 100,000 visitors and is considered one of the world's largest aerospace exhibitions, will feature a 72-square-meter Maryland Pavilion where participating Maryland companies can showcase their products and services and meet with prospective customers and partners. During the show, Lt. Governor Rutherford and Secretary Gill will meet with a number of global aerospace companies to promote Maryland's strategic location and unique assets.

"Attending the Farnborough Airshow puts Maryland and its participating companies in front of the senior decision-makers at top aerospace companies, as well as more than 1,500 exhibitors looking to buy and sell products and services," said Lt. Governor Rutherford. "Our goal is to reinforce to this targeted audience that Maryland is open for business, and help connect our participating companies with new trade and investment opportunities."

"Home to key federal agencies, higher-education institutions and businesses, Maryland is well-equipped to provide aerospace companies with the resources and workforce they need to succeed," said Maryland Commerce Secretary Gill. "The Farnborough Airshow is one of the best opportunities to not only increase Maryland's visibility in the global market, but also promote the state's outstanding climate for aerospace to international companies looking to expand into the U.S. market."

The Maryland companies exhibiting are: American General Supplies in Gaithersburg; ASTec Metalworks in Middle River; Aviation Systems Engineering Co. in Lexington Park; Land Sea Air Manufacturing and Land Sea Air Autonomy in Westminster; Maryland Thermoform in Baltimore; Planar Monolithics and WGS Systems in Frederick; and SURVICE Engineering in Belcamp. Many of the companies attending received an ExportMD grant from Maryland Commerce to help offset the cost of participating in the show.

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