Sen. Blumenthal will travel to Toulouse, France this week on a three-day trade mission to Europe’s aerospace capital. The trip will connect nine Connecticut manufacturers, who collectively employ over 6,000 people in the state, with senior procurement officials at Airbus, Goodrich Aerostructures, Aircelle, Liebherr and DGA Techniques Aeronautiques.
The trip is part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative. Announced in 2010, the NEI is an effort to promote small businesses, revive American manufacturing and create jobs in the country by doubling U.S. exports over five years. Increasing trade missions was a key component of that plan.
“It is my hope that this visit will help these outstanding companies expand their work internationally and add jobs here in Connecticut,” Blumenthal said in a statement.
“The trade mission is a powerful method for finding growth opportunities that individual companies would be unlikely to get on their own without years of expensively mining leads,” said Chris DiPentima, President of Pegasus Manufacturing, one of the nine precision manufacturers on the trip. U.S. Commerce Department District Director Anne Evans will also be there.