WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) participate in a news conference about preserving Medicaid funding during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill December 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. The legislators were joined by representatives from major unions and policy organizations in calling on the White House and Congressional negotiators to protect funding for Medicaid, a health program for people and families with low incomes and resources. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is in Toulouse, France for the beginning of this week to lead an aerospace business development trade mission.
The three-day mission takes place from Monday, Feb. 18 to Wednesday, Feb. 20 and will connect nine Connecticut precision manufacturers to senior procurement officials at Airbus, Goodrich Aerostructures, Aircelle, Liebherr, and DGA Techniques Aéronautiques, according to a news release from Blumenthal’s office.
The senior Senator from Connecticut is joining the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Connecticut District Export Council in leading the mission to Toulouse, which is considered the aerospace hub of Europe.
AdChem Manufacturing Technologies, AeroCision, Alpha Q Inc., Capewell Components, Jonal Laboratories, Microtech, Pegasus Manufacturing and SPX Precision Components are participating and this will be the first introduction many of the companies have to Airbus and their top tier suppliers.
“I am proud to join these nine manufacturers in showing the European aerospace market the ingenuity, quality and value that Connecticut precision manufacturers can provide. It is my hope that this visit will help these outstanding companies expand their work internationally and add jobs here in Connecticut,” Blumenthal said.
The trip is part of the National Export Initiative that President Barack Obama announced in January 2010 to double exports over five years.
The cost of Blumenthal’s attendance is being sponsored by the non-profit Connecticut District Export Council.