Over 200 aerospace industry leaders came to Snohomish County this week for the 9th Annual Governor’s Aerospace Summit. The conference was well represented by all sectors of the industry and were treated to discussion and presentations by true leaders of the industry. This year’s summit also addressed the market opportunities for aerospace suppliers that want to diversify their business into medical device and maritime.
Senior Boeing Vice President Tim Keating, based in Washington DC, was instrumental in securing the 777X program here in Washington spoke on the critical issues both locally and nationally, such as the Export-Import Bank, tax policy, transportation funding provide him with keen insight into how and what our state must do to remain a leader in Advanced Manufacturing.
Following Mr. Keating was moderated roundtable discussion with Janicki Industries CEO, John Janicki, Randy Hamlin, Vice President, Philips Healthcare and Matt Mullett , CEO, All American Marine who spoke about their business, market forecasts, employment projections and what, in general they see for the industry they represent and about opportunities for crossover from aerospace to other industries can take advantage of the aerospace skill set. After a short break, John Bonner, from Everett Community College, hosted an interactive workshop discussing workforce training opportunities available to manufacturing employers.
We were also very fortunate to hear Carol Ptak, discuss “Transforming the World of Manufacturing” on ways to improve your bottom line performance (focus on FLOW, everything else will fall in place). In addition to the Governor’s keynote address, Boeing VP Randy Tinseth reviewed Boeing’s Current Market Outlook. The CMO, updated annually, is the company’s 20 year forecast for aircraft sales and production; it contains very positive information for Boeing and their supply chain.
It is important that we take time to recognize those leaders that have taken on issues and challenges to improve opportunities and the future for our industry. AFA recognized ElectroImpact and Company of the Year for the technology advances they have brought to the tooling industry. Mayor Ray Stephanson, Mayor of the City of Everett was recognize for his community, both public and private leadership and continued support to our industry, especially in helping our region win the 777X for the State of Washington. Todd Banks and Kenmore Air were provided a special recognition for community support and the Legislator of the Year was awarded to Senator Andy Hill and Representative Pat Sullivan for work in Olympia to strengthen our sector.
Thank you to all to attending this year’s summit and we are already looking forward to next year!