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Alabama targets aerospace industry ascent with Airbus suppliers, new technologies (video)

MOBILE, Alabama – With aerospace executives in Alabama for an industry conference, the state’s top economic developers are moving forward with plans to target the Airbus supply chain and pursue projects that involve advanced materials and additive manufacturing, also called 3-D printing.

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said expanding the state’s already robust aerospace/aviation sector is a top priority as the Airbus A320 family Final Assembly Line comes closer to completion at Mobile Aeroplex. The $600 million project will make Alabama a major center of passenger jet production in North America.

“With Airbus building its first U.S.-based production facility in Mobile, the entire state is poised for growth,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Suppliers can benefit from the same positive business climate that helped us attract Airbus. We’re ready to work with companies and partner with them to bring even more jobs to Alabama.”

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