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Courtney announces Aerospace and Defense Summit

October 30, 2015
Press Release

Norwich, CT--Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) and Anne Evans, U.S. Department of Commerce District Director, announced the details of the upcoming Aerospace and Defense International Trade Summit, which will take place November 8th to 10th in Mystic, Connecticut.

At Westminster Tool in Plainfield, where they toured the facility with Westminster President Ray Coombs, Courtney and Evans announced that the summit will bring Connecticut defense suppliers together with domestic and overseas prime contractors to facilitate engagement and business opportunities. Westminster Tool participated in the 2014 summit, and will be returning this year. 

“The annual Aerospace and Defense International Trade Summit provides Connecticut suppliers with a unique opportunity to meet with international prime contractors and government officials right here in Mystic. Eastern Connecticut’s defense sector is a cornerstone of our economy, encompassing hundreds of companies throughout the state in the submarine supply chain. I encourage Connecticut companies to take advantage of this chance to increase exports and develop relationships with major defense and aerospace companies from around the world,” Courtney said.

“Increasing export totals have been a bright spot for Connecticut’s economy, and the summit next month will provide companies with the opportunity to build on that momentum,” Anne Evans, District Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Middletown, Connecticut.

"Westminster Tool is excited to attend the Aerospace and Defense Summit again in 2015. The summit provides local manufacturers an opportunity to grow their organizations. I look forward to attending the summit for business development opportunities, and to learn about new technologies that are emerging within these industries," said Ray Coombs, President of Westminster Tool. 

Representatives from 15 countries will attend the summit, as well as domestic and foreign prime contractors including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics Electric Boat, GKN, Boeing, Rolls Royce, Bombardier, UTC and Airbus.

For additional information on the summit, please visit