Local companies take their composites worldwide
Also, someone's creating an "Olympics Composite Corridor"? Who knew?
The news release:
Commerce leads trade show delegation to advance Washington State as "Silicon Valley" of the worldwide composites industry
STATE OF WASHINGTON, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
1011 Plum Street SE
PO Box 42525
Olympia, Washington 98504-2525
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2012
Eight companies to showcase innovations for aerospace, automotive, transportation, other industries
OLYMPIA, WA — Eight of Washington State's composite supply chain providers along with the Port of Port Angeles will attend the JEC Composites Show in Paris, March 27-March 29. The delegation, supported in part by the Washington State Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be among some 30,000 attendees from around the world.
Washington's composites history dates back to the 1960s with products developed for aerospace and defense. With a core of innovative research and development, highly-skilled workers, low-cost clean power and an attractive business environment, today the state ranks as a global leader in the advanced composite materials industry. In 2011 SGL Automotive Group's carbon fiber production plant, a joint venture with BMW, launched operations in Moses Lake, adding to the list of world-class composites companies that have chosen Washington for operations.
"Washington companies — whether it's Starbucks, Microsoft, or Boeing — have transformed their respective industries," said Gov. Chris Gregoire. "Our composites sector holds the same promise for changing the way the world lives."
Companies that will join the delegation include Angeles Composites Technology, ElectroImpact, General Plastics, Globe Machine Manufacturing Company, Innovative Composite Engineering, Profile Composites, Warm Industrial Nonwovens and Pro CNC.
Seven of the companies received financial assistance to attend the show from a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Funds from the grant, administered in Washington by Commerce, provide qualifying companies with export vouchers up to $5,000 with a 25% company match to help pay for trade show expenses such airfare, admission, translation services and other export-related services.
"Commerce has been an enormous help in leading us through the steps involved in attending this foreign trade show, which would be daunting by ourselves," said Paul Van Metre, President of Pro CNC in Bellingham, Wash. "The ability to speak with prospective customers about our proprietary processes for cutting edge composites, R&D and production work will be invaluable. We expect to come home with solid leads for companies and projects that will turn into significant revenue and ultimately more jobs in the next year."
The Port of Port Angeles will share news about its Composites Manufacturing Campus, part of a broader plan to establish an Olympics Composite Corridor (OCC) on the Olympic Peninsula.
"We've created a campus that offers co-located supply chain services to maximize efficiencies for our existing composite companies," said Colleen McAleer, Marketing Manager of the Port of Port Angeles. "We anticipate our new clean space facilities with autoclave capacity will attract growing manufacturers to the OCC."
Commerce is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. For more information, visit www.commerce.wa.gov. For information about other Commerce programs that help Washington businesses grow, expand and locate, please visit ChooseWashington.com.
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