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Pence to Lead Economic Development Trip to United Kingdom

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Gov. Pence will try to attract aviation companies to Indiana when he goes to England Saturday.

Governor Mike Pence says Indiana’s future is “in the air” as he prepares to attend one of the world’s largest aviation industry trade shows in the United Kingdom next week.

Pence says GE encouraged him and his 22 person economic development team to visit the Farnborough International Airshow in England to highlight Indiana’s growing presence as a destination for the aviation sector.

In recent months, several companies, including General Electric, Alcoa and BAE Systems have announced plans to locate or expand aerospace industry production facilities in the Hoosier state.

The governor says he will meet with dozens of companies on his trade mission to the UK, pitching Indiana as an attractive place for manufacturing.

“(Indiana’s) Particularly attractive and intriguing for those that are looking for an environment to develop and to produce innovations in aerospace,” Pence said.

The United Kingdom is Indiana’s largest source of European investors, and British companies employ nearly 30 thousand Hoosiers.

The trip is Pence’s third overseas economic development mission.


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