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US – Canadian Aerospace Corridor via Vermont

AeroMontrealIn 2013 the Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association, a division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Aéro Montréal, a strategic think tank for Québec’s $13.8 billion aerospace cluster, at the 4th edition of Aéro Montréal’s International Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal.

The vision and mission of the MOU and partnership is to create a U.S. – Canadian Aerospace Corridor via Vermont and facilitate the flow of supply chain opportslide-panelunities between Vermont’s aerospace and aviation industry and Canada’s Aerospace Industry. The $28 billion Canadian aerospace industry is the fifth largest in the world and is home to renowned aerospace OEMs and prime contractors, including Bombardier, Bell Helicopter Textron, CAE, GE Canada, Heroux-Devtek, and Pratt & Whitney. Most Canadian companies source over 50% of their aerospace parts from the U.S.

Vermont, in return, offers Canada access to the state’s $2 billion aerospace manufacturing and supplier base with proven supply chain capabilities in precision machining, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), landing gear, fuel gauging, sensors, sensing systems, and electronics for aerospace and aviation applications. Vermont’s close proximity to Canada is also a competitive gateway with access to the entire North American market and large government contractors in both the U.S. aerospace and defense industries.

Review our Record of Investment and Results Delivered for over a decade of work with Québec.

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Vermont Chamber of Commerce Record of Work with Quebec:

  • 2017: Vermont Chamber partners with Vermont Global Trade Partnership and brings delegation of 7 Vermont aerospace manufacturers to AeroMart Montreal.
  • 2016: Vermont Chamber partners with Vermont Global Trade Partnership and brings 9 Vermont aerospace manufacturers on Vermont Delegation to Aéro Montréal’s 2016 Aerospace Innovation Forum 
  • 2015: Vermont Chamber brings 25 Canadian aerospace companies to Annual Manufactured in Vermont and hosts roundtable with Aéro Montréal in support of MOU and Vermont – Quebec Aerospace Trade Corridor
  • 2015: Vermont Chamber partners with Vermont Global Trade Partnership on Vermont Manufacturing Delegation to AeroMart Montreal
  • 2014: Vermont Chamber’s Aerospace Supply Chain Summit Featuring Aerospace Corridor and the Aéro Montréal’s  MACH Initiative
  • 2013: Vermont Chamber signs MOU with Aéro Montréal to build US-Canadian Aerospace Corridor via Vermont at Aerospace Innovation Forum, Montreal
  • 2013: Vermont Chamber’s Manufactured in Vermont Supply Chain Trade Show: Showcasing Vermont’s $2 billion aerospace and aviation industry and Canadian partners
  • 2013: Vermont Chamber participates in Planning of Green Summit with Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ) and EcoTech of Quebec
  • 2013: Vermont Chamber Brings Vermont Delegation of Manufacturers to Paris Air Show resulting in $3.1 million in projected sales (including Canadian aerospace)
  • 2012: Vermont Chamber Hosts Premier Jean Charest of Québec, EXPO Keynote Speaker
  • 2012: Vermont Chamber Hosts 20 businesses for a Vermont – Quebec discussion regarding enhancing the supply chain corridor
  • 2011: Vermont Chamber’s Supply Chain Matchmaker, Supply Chain Opportunities in Canadian Aerospace
  • 2010: Vermont Chamber participates in Vermont gubernatorial delegation to Quebec with Vermont businesses
  • 2005: Vermont Chamber Signs Cooperation Agreement with Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ), The Quebec-Vermont Corridor

April, 2017: Vermont Chamber partners with Vermont Global Trade Partnership and brings 7 Vermont aerospace manufacturers on Vermont Delegation to BCI’s AeroMart Montreal. The delegation benefited from having a total of 168 B2B meetings and appointments representing 84 hours of quality meeting time with industry leaders in Québec aerospace, including Bombardier, Heroux Devtek, and SAFRAN.

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April, 2016: Vermont Chamber partners with Vermont Global Trade Partnership and brings 9 Vermont aerospace manufacturers on Vermont Delegation to Aéro Montréal’s 2016 Aerospace Innovation Forum. The delegation benefited from having a total of 124 B2B meetings and appointments representing 31 hours of quality meeting time with industry leaders in Quebec aerospace, including Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, CAE, Heroux Devtek, and SAFRAN.

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September, 2015: Vermont Chamber brings 25 Canadian aerospace companies to Annual Manufactured in Vermont and hosts roundtable with Aéro Montréal in support of MOU and Vermont – Quebec Aerospace Trade Corridor

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NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2013
Contact: Chris Carrigan
(802) 223-0904
Email: ccarrigan@vtchamber.com

Vermont Chamber of Commerce to Provide Manufacturing Opportunities in Aerospace with Supply Chain Agreement and Aero Montreal

On Monday, December 2nd, the Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association, a division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Aero Montreal, a strategic think tank for Quebec’s aerospace sector, at the 4th edition of Aero Montreal’s International Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal. Business Development professionals from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont’s Agency of Commerce & Community Development will exhibit at the event in support of9 Vermont companies participating in business matchmaking at the Forum. Vermont will be the largest U.S.-state contingent at the international event.

The vision of the MOU and partnership is to create a U.S.-Canadian Aerospace Corridor via Vermont and to facilitate the flow of supply chain opportunities between Vermont’s aerospace cluster and Canada’s Aerospace Industry. The $22 billion Canadian aerospace industry is the fifth largest in the world and is home to renowned aerospace OEMS and primes, including Bombardier, Bell Helicopter Textron, CAE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce Canada. Most Canadian companies source over 50% of their aerospace parts from the U.S. Vermont offers Canada access to Vermont’s $2 billion aerospace supply chain with proven capabilities and resources in precision machining, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), landing gear, fuel gauging, sensors, sensing systems, and electronics for aerospace and aviation applications. Vermont’s close proximity to Canada is a competitive gateway with access to the North American market and U.S. aerospace industry.

“We celebrate the MOU signing and look forward to forging a strong partnership with Aero Montreal in building an aerospace corridor for enhanced trade and integrated supply chain opportunities,” said VAAA Chair Brian Dubie. “Vermont’s large presence at the Innovation Forum with nine participating companies
shows a strong commitment to this effort and partnership going forward.”

As a follow up to the MOU, the Vermont Chamber will hold an Aerospace Supply Chain Summit on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014. The Summit will feature Aero Montreal staff, presenting the MACH Initiative, Aero Montreal’s supply chain optimization program designed to increase global competitiveness in its aerospace sector. The Summit will also feature high-level procurement specialists from leaders in both u.S. and Canadian aerospace, including: Defense Logistics Agency – Aviation, GE
Aviation, Helicopter Support Inc., A Sikorsky Aerospace Services Company, Honeywell Aerospace, and Netur. To learn more, please visit contact Chris Carrigan, (802)223-0904, ccarrigan@vtchamber.com.

2013 Aerospace Innovation Forum-Vermont Participants

  • Liquid Measurement Systems (LMS)
  • North Hartland Tool Corp.
  • TeamITAR
  • Metal Flex Welded Bellows, Inc.
  • Stephens Precision, Inc.
  • MMIC
  • Superior Technical Ceramics
  • MSI, Inc.
  • KALOW Technologies
  • Vermont Chamber of CommerceN ermont Aerospace & Aviation Association
  • ACCDNermont Global Trade Partnership
  • Vermont participation in the 2013 Aerospace Innovation Forum is made possible in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, through funding awarded through its State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant program and partner support from the U.S. Commercial Service.

    HILARY NILES, VTDigger.org
    November 9, 2013

    Vermont’s position in the corridor between the global aerospace hubs of Connecticut and Quebec will come into focus Monday at the fourth International Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal.

    The Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association, a division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, will be joined by nine Vermont companies and the Agency of Commerce & Community Development when representatives sign a memorandum of understanding with Aero Montreal, a strategic think tank for Quebec’s aerospace sector.

    Vermont’s contingent at the convention will be larger than any other American state at the international forum, according to a press release.

    The MOU formalizes a loose working relationship between V AAA and Aero Montreal that’s been nearly two years in the making, according to Chris Carrigan, vice president of business development for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The organizations will share industry information and business opportunities to better integrate the cross-border supply chain.

    On behalf of their members, the groups will share access to seminars, workshops and webinars, Carrigan said. They’ll also participate in some of each other’s events, starting with the Aerospace Innovation Forum from Dec. 2-4. Aero Montreal is scheduled to appear at the VAAA’s Aerospace Supply Chain Summit on Jan. 23 at the Burlington International Airport.

    The collaboration is not limited to information and hand-shaking.

    Aero Montreal has been developing an accreditation program to vet industry suppliers. As a result of the MOU, Vermont businesses will be able to plug into the so-called Mach Initiative – increasing the odds that they will be able to sell products to government contractors and original equipment manufacturers.

    Carrigan said the concept behind the MOU gelled at the 2013 Paris Air Show, the oldest and largest trade show for commercial and military suppliers. In a shared booth similar to the one arranged for the Aerospace Innovation Forum, six Vermont companies traveled to Paris with officials from the Vermont Chamber, ACCD and U.S. Small Business Administration.

    Carrigan said about $3.2 million in combined sales came out of the Paris exhibition.

    Of the six companies that attended Paris, four will be in Montreal: Liquid Measurement Systems, North Hartland Tool Corp., TeamITAR and Metal Flex Welded Bellows Inc. Five more will join the Vermont contingent in early December: Stephens Precision Inc.; MMIC; Superior Technical Ceramics; MSI Inc. and KALOW Technologies.

    The more than 250 companies in the Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association are a $2 billion industry, Carrigan said. Their functions include precision machining; maintenance, repair and overhaul; and landing gear, fuel gauging, sensors, sensing systems and electronics.

    North of the border, one in 189 Quebecers work in the aerospace industry at some 215 regional firms, according to Aero Montreal. In Connecticut, aerospace accounts for roughly 5 percent of the state’s economy, according to the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

    Vermont’s proximity between the global hubs, plus historical and cultural ties, position the state as a natural gateway for the North American market, Carrigan said.

    News Release – Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    June 12, 2013
    Contact: Brent Raymond
    Director of International Trade & Foreign Investment
    Vermont Global Trade Partnership
    828-1681; brent.raymond@state.vt.us
    http://accd.vermont.gov/business/start/international trade

    Businesses to Connect with Global Customers at International Trade Show

    MONTPELIER, Vt. – Six Vermont companies with ties to the aerospace and defense industries head to the Paris Air Show later this week, the world’s oldest and largest trade show connecting commercial and military suppliers with potential customers.

    Representing Vermont are AeroParts Plus of South Burlington; Concepts NREC of White River Junction; Liquid Measurement Systems of Georgia; Metal-Flex Welded Bellows of Derby; North Hartland Tool Corp., of North Hartland and TeamITAR of Derby. They will join five New Hampshire companies and one from Maine in the Best of New England booth at the US Pavilion. In all, 34 states will be represented at the international air show.

    The Best of New England booth is made possible through the State Trade Export Promotion program, funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    As three of the smallest states taking part, combining resources allows northern New England to have a presence at an iconic
    international event.

    The goal of the companies attending is to increase their access to international markets, which helps them to grow.

    “Many nations provide significant resources to their companies that export, so it is exciting to have the opportunity to work in collaboration with private companies, the SBA, the US Department of Commerce, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and other New England states to provide global visibility to our aerospace companies,” Brent Raymond, director of the Vermont Global Trade Partnership said.

    The aviation and aerospace industries represent a $2 billion industry in Vermont, according to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, supporting more than 9,000 jobs. Chris Carrigan, vice president of business development fur the chamber, called the two sectors “key economic drivers” of Vermont’s economy and in line with the mission of the Vermont Chamber’s Aerospace and Aviation Association.

    By connecting its members with new suppliers and customers through matchmaking efforts, participating in international events like the Paris Air Show, provide access to new resources, businesses and supply chain opportunities,” he said. “which propels Vermont’s economy forward.”

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