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July 31, 2016

In early July, several Maryland manufacturers attended the Farnborough International Airshow in England. This airshow is the largest military and commercial airshow of the

year. The show occurs every other year (even numbers). With more than 1,500 exhibitors, 100,000 attendees and more than $114 billion in business transacted the event is a must for small and medium aerospace companies in Maryland. 

This year the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland Office of the US Export Assistance Center assisted many small and medium sized companies in their pursuit of business growth. The State of Maryland offered grants to qualifying companies of up to $10k per company offsetting much of the cost.

In attendance from the State of Maryland were Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford who personally assisted Maryland companies in their pursuit of new customers both international  and domestic. Several representatives from Maryland Commerce including Commerce Secretary Mike Gill and Directors Steve Pennington (business development) and Signe Pringle (international business) were also on hand to provide assistance. The Maryland delegation was very fortunate to have Jessica Reynolds lead the effort. Mrs. Reynolds did an excellent job leading, organizing, and managing the event for Maryland companies.

Several Maryland manufacturers and engineering companies exhibited at the show most of which exhibited as part of the Maryland booth. The Maryland delegation included MDMFG.org members Land Sea Air Manufacturing, Maryland Thermoform, WGS Systems, and Astec Metalworks, Land Sea Air Autonomy and Plymouth Tube. 

MDMFGCOOP team members Maryland Thermoform, Land Sea Air Manufacturing, Astec Metalworks and Land Sea Air Autonomy met with several large aerospace prime manufacturers who expressed sincere and immediate interest in doing business with the COOP. The group also discovered a similar manufacturers cluster in Ireland. An agreement of collaboration is being developed.