Representatives of the state, Economic Development Board for Tacoma Pierce County and a number of South Sound-based suppliers to Boeing. who attended the International Paris Air Show. were energetic about results, as they packed their backs to return home.

“We were by far the best-represented state delegation at the biggest aerospace trade show in the world,” said Chris Green, assistant director for economic development and competitiveness at the state Department of Commerce, and a former executive of Pierce County economic development operation.

“This was the best Washington stand and management from Commerce at any show that Orion has joined in the past,”  Tom Brosius, general manager of Auburn-based Orion Aerospace, a leader in manufacturing and precision metal fabrication for aerospace, defense, automotive and marine industries worldwide, and veteran of multiple Washington state trade show delegations.

“The official delegation of 18 companies, six county economic development groups, and more than 65 delegates worked tirelessly in sweltering heat up to 14 hours a day to make deals, attract investment and grow jobs in our state,” Green said, as the group readied to leave Europe.

About 1,400 companies comprise Washington’s renowned aerospace industry supply chain, which serves Boeing, Airbus and every other major aircraft manufacturer in the world. More than 136,000 workers are in the state’s aerospace industry, which is also a growing hub for space commercialization. 

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