November 9 2016 was date to remember, NEAP played its part in exhibiting amongst the many Aerospace Component Manufacturers who participated in the event. It proved another great opportunity to catch up with old friends and new, along with networking amongst the business community engaged in our industry sector. The trade show drew 200 plus business guests from 20 States and 6 different countries.
The morning session was certainly hectic, with over 875 students and teachers visited from 39 schools from the local communities, who flocked to the event filling the exhibition hall of the Hartford Convention Centre.
The students were keen and enthusiastic to understand what all aspects of manufacturing is really like in ‘Aerospace alley’, asking some great questions about how to enter engineering as a career path when the time comes. Many were inquisitive and took great interest about the products we make, how a gas turbine works and our products duty with the engine itself. It was a very rewarding morning getting to know that the younger generation of the area is keen to enter our industry and give the vital lifeblood for future growth and success. Our thanks go out the schools, colleges and of course the teachers who enabled the young students to visit the event.
The afternoon primarily focused on business to business networking as ACM member company’s hosted customers from the region and far beyond.
Many of the biggest OEM names in Aerospace from manufacturing and supply chain fields were represented at the show. Janet Duffey, Vice President, Supply Management, at Sikorsky Aircraft (a Lockheed-Martin company) gave a presentation towards the end of the day that was well received by all.
The State as ever gave tremendous support on the day with CT Governor Daniel Malloy, US Senator Richard Blumenthal and Commissioner Catherine Smith all giving speeches about our industry, its importance in Connecticut and the enthusiasm displayed by the young people at the start of the day They shared valuable words of encouragement about the present and future for our industry in the State.
This particular event was the first that NEAP has attended, but it will surely be on our calendar as an annual event from now on.
Our thanks go to the ACM for the organization of this event and the Convention center for making it a superb venue.