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Alabama aerospace exports rising as industry grows in region

LONDON — As aerospace companies continue to grow their operations in Alabama, their shipments of local products sent around the world are also on the rise.

In 2015, Alabama’s aerospace industry exports topped $869 million, a 16 percent growth from the previous year, U.S. trade data shows. So far this year, the numbers are increasing at an even more rapid pace, as exports are up more than 140 percent from the same period last year.

Civilian aircraft, engines and parts make up the lion’s share of Alabama’s aerospace industry exports, said Hilda Lockhart, director of the International Trade Office at the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Helicopters and parts seem to be growing in this industry sector, she added.

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