Gov. Asa Hutchinson (center) and World Trade Center Arkansas President & CEO Dan Hendrix (left) cut the ribbon on the Arkansas booth with other members of the Arkansas delegation at the Paris Air Show June 15, 2015. (Photo credit to NWAhomepage.com)
Governor Asa Hutchinson and World Trade Center Arkansas President and CEO Dan Hendrix and Boon Tan, Senior Director of Global Trade Strategy, opened the Arkansas booth at the Paris Air Show with a ribbon cutting Monday. This is the first year for Arkansas to exhibit at the show, the world’s largest aviation and aerospace trade show. The World Trade Center Arkansas is a major sponsor of the booth and recruited Arkansas companies to attend. The purpose of the trip is to promote trade and investment in Arkansas.
The International Paris Air Show dates back to 1909. More than 2,200 exhibitors will be present at this year’s show.
“The Paris Air Show presents a wonderful opportunity for us to share the many reasons the aerospace sector is thriving in Arkansas,” said Governor Hutchinson. “We will meet with companies ranging from small start-ups to the largest aerospace companies in the world. We have only been here a short time and I’m already encouraged by the reception we are receiving from companies who know little about the state.”
Arkansas is home to nearly 180 well-known companies in the aerospace industry, include Dassault Aviation, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon Missile Systems. Aerospace was Arkansas’s largest export in 2014, totaling $1.6 billion.
Partners attending the Paris Air Show along with Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission include representatives of the Arkansas World Trade Center, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, Arkansas Aeroplex in Blytheville, NanoMech, Galley Support Innovations, Northwest Arkansas Council and Metro Little Rock Alliance. The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance are also sponsoring the Arkansas delegation but are not attending the show.