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ITA Signs Agreement to Promote U.S. Aerospace Manufacturing

September 20, 2010

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Doug Barry is a Senior International Trade Specialist within ITA’s Commercial Service currently on detail in ITA’s Office of Public Affairs.  He has helped hundreds of U.S. companies of all sizes find success in overseas markets and produced a number of instructional videos and webinars that help firms navigate the path to successful sales.

The job creation sign is illuminated

Airlines worldwide will need fleets of new airplanes, fuel-sipping jet engines, spare parts and related technology to fly all 7 billion of us around the world to meet each other.

The U.S. is a leader in all of these things but our companies often need help from the federal government winning orders in other countries and cutting red tape.  With more orders, we can put more Americans back to work in addition to preserving the jobs of folks already on the job.  This is a global industry and a fiercely competitive one.

Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Nicole Lamb-Hale and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus Executive Vice President Dr. John Watret

Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Nicole Lamb-Hale and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus Executive Vice President Dr. John Watret prepare to sign the agreement allowing their respective organizations to work together to promote aerospace manufacturing and exports

So it was good news last week when Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Nicole Lamb-Hale and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus Executive Vice President Dr. John Watret agreed to work together to help the U.S. aerospace manufacturing industry become even more competitive.

“The President has called on us to double U.S. exports and this agreement will help us increase the performance of U.S. aerospace companies,” said Lamb-Hale. “I am particularly pleased that we can do this during National Aerospace Week, which highlights the significant contribution of U.S. aerospace to the nation’s security and economic growth.”

As public-private cooperative efforts this should be a good one, supporting President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) and ITA’s Manufacture America Program, a series of conferences designed to help American manufacturers by exploring new products, markets, processes and sources of finance.  The agreement also supports National Aerospace Week (NAW) which takes place from September 12-18 and is being organized by the Aerospace Industries Association. ITA and ERAU will work together on a wide range of activities including industry outreach events and industry analysis.

Dr. Watret was equally enthusiastic about the agreement and need for the project: “Embry-Riddle is delighted to cooperate with the Department of Commerce to promote U.S. aerospace manufacturing, an industry that is critical to the U.S. economy.”

7 billion people: Think of all the new customers for in-flight movies produced by Hollywood film companies.  It’s time for more public-private initiatives.

12 comments

  1. I never would have made the connection between in-flight movies and the aerospace manufacturing industry. Thanks!


  2. I think we all want to see more “Made in USA” labels, that’s for sure.


  3. I agree that we need to make more products in the good ‘ole USA. This will surely help out the economy!


  4. Well, I think that it is naive to think that the U.S. can stay competitive in a global economy like this. With so many emerging economies that have cheap labor and resources, businesses would be hard pressed to keep manufacturing in the U.S.


  5. We have always been the leader in aerospace technology. This is a vital component of our overall health as a nation. I salute this industry and the leaders who have championed it since the early twentieth century.


  6. Finally U.S. based manufacturing companies are promoted overseas, especially those that have to do with aerospace.


  7. Good to see an opportunity to keep manufacturing jobs in the US, to keep industry thriving


  8. Most people don’t realize the important revenue that movies on airplanes generate for the film business. It’s really win win for both industries.


  9. If any company wants to be competitive then they always look to outsource thats just the nature of good business. What ever we can do to keep US jobs in the US has to be a good thing. I think it comes down to finding that happy balance.


  10. Keeping the American people working in Manufacturing is key! We have to find new ways to compete with China and other countries and keep these jobs here.


  11. What ever we can do to keep US jobs in the US has to be a good thing. I think it comes down to finding that happy balance.



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