Larsen to lead state air show delegation

Jun 21, 2017 Issues: Transportation & Infrastructure

Stanwood Camano News: Larsen to lead state air show delegation

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Brian Bonlender, director of the state’s Department of Commerce, are leading Washington state’s largest-ever delegation to the International Paris Air Show – June 17-23.

Larsen is the top-ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Aviation and is leading the delegation at Gov. Jay Inslee’s request. As in 2013, Larsen will take a leave of absence for one week while attending the air show.

The Paris Air Show gives Washington aerospace companies an opportunity to showcase products and services to customers from around the world. Washington’s exhibit at the show will feature 63 participants representing aerospace all over the state.

The state’s global aerospace industry employs more than 136,000 people, produces about nine of every 10 commercial aircraft made in North America, and adds more than $70 billion in revenue annually to the state economy, according to Larsen’s office.

Companies that joined the 2015 Commerce Paris Air Show delegation generated more than $125 million as result of their participation, according to the Washington State Department of Commerce.