A woman rides her bicycle past the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Friday Nov. 16, 2007 on the third full transport strike day. The strike centers on a protest over President Nicolas Sarkozy's promise to strip away benefits that allow some public sector workers to retire earlier than most other workers with full benefits. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George will lead a state delegation to the 2013 International Paris Air Show from July 17-23 in France. The state delegation will be joined by representatives from the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) and several Kansas-based businesses active in aviation.
“We have done a lot during the last two years to greatly improve the business and tax climate in Kansas,” Gov. Brownback said. “With our improved business environment, skilled workforce and strong economic development tools, Kansas is an attractive place for aviation and aviation-related companies to expand.”
In addition, the delegation and GWEDC will help Kansas companies increase their exposure to international markets. Exporting in Kansas increased to $11.66 billion in 2012, and the largest sector, aircraft sales, had $2.07 billion in exports.
Nearly 40% of the world’s general aviation production occurs in Kansas. More than 30,000 workers are employed in aviation manufacturing in Kansas, and the state is home to more than 200 suppliers to the industry.
Brownback plans to attend the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA)-U.S. Embassy reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin, and will also host a reception at the Kansas Pavilion, with these companies exhibiting in the pavilion area.
o CE Machine, Wichita
o Exacta Aerospace, Wichita
o Aerobind, Wichita
o Apex Engineering International LLC, Wichita
o Metal Finishing, Wichita
o HM Dunn Aerospace, Wichita