Blumenthal Heading To Toulouse On Trade Mission To Promote Conn. Exports

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\"Blumenthal\"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.


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3 thoughts on “Blumenthal Heading To Toulouse On Trade Mission To Promote Conn. Exports

  1. will

    Traveling on our dime. He was truly sincere about pushing Connecticut products he would pay for the trip himself. He can afford it( special interest payments).

  2. Mike Robinson

    A trip with 9 precision manufacturers to drum up business and create some jobs in Connecticut. How can you argue with that? This is one way a politician can use his influence to help create private sector jobs. I’m excited about the word “precision” because it means high value-added manufacturing. These are the best jobs, and an area where Connecticut is very competitive with our skilled workforce. Toulouse is the home of Airbus and they buy thousands of aircraft parts.

  3. sam

    Just another free vacation and newspaper coverage for a politician at taxpayer expense. How is he going to talk foreign companies to buying and doing business with manufacturers in our country when our US companies are heading over seas and taking the work with them. It problably is a good place to meet important people to get campaign contributions though for the party. Who knows.

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