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It’s the Aero/Defense Event of the Year and You Need to Register Now!

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Brian Ward

Brian Ward, director of business development at Jewell Instruments in Manchester, is the vice chairman of the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium.

Now in its fourth year, NHADEC is unique – it’s one of the only export consortia in the country. Members, from the large primes to the smallest specialized shops, work together, offering advice and leveraging experience that raises New Hampshire’s aerospace and defense profile around the world.

Its 3rd annual networking event is happening June 15 and Ward talks about NHADEC and the importance of bringing this industry together.

What is the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium?

NHADEC is a consortium of businesses and organizations working in the aerospace and defense sector. It is the first industry-specific export consortium in the US and it supports of one of the fastest growing sectors not only in New Hampshire, but in the world. NHADEC provides a forum for the industry to strengthen the local supply-chain and to increase global market access.  It is focused on fostering the most opportune foreign markets through collaborative efforts and global brand messaging.

It was created in 2013 in partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and quickly signed 35 members. Today, there are nearly 100 members from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Ohio and Utah and corporate sponsorship from BAE Systems, GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney. Since its creation, NHADEC has provided programs and resources for its membership, such as trade shows, marketing forums, media coverage, market intelligence, networking opportunities, training, compliance assistance, mentoring, research and development and new market development assistance.

In 2015, the consortium received non-profit organization status and held the first New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense conference to bring together the local supply-chain. Last year, NHADEC was recognized as a ‘state initiative that really took off’ by NH Business Review and held its first NHADEC Showcase at BAE Systems in Nashua.

NHAD 2016

Why Is NHAD now a member networking event and not a

After the first two NHAD conferences in 2015 and 2016, members said they wanted to have more face time with each other, so this year’s occasion is touted as the NHAD 2017 Networking Event, which is being sponsored by The Provident

It is going to include trade representatives from Canada, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, India and we expect a few more. Resource organizations on hand will include IHS Markit/Jane’s and the New Hampshire World Affairs

Roger Zakheim, a visiting fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and partner of Covington & Burling LLP, will be the keynote speaker, assessing President Trump’s military rebuild and its impact on the defense industrial complex. Zakheim is a former deputy staff director/general counsel, Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives and a former deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Defense.

Can I come to NHAD ‘17?

If you have an interest in the aerospace and defense industry, then yes, you are very welcome to join us. Most of the companies registered are aerospace and defense enterprises that develop products and technologies for the industry. We also expect various service providers supporting these companies, such as insurance providers, legal services and marketing developers.

Why is the aerospace/defense industry relevant to New Hampshire?

This sector is among the fastest growing industries in both the U.S. and New Hampshire.  Here in New Hampshire, there are close to 350 aerospace and defense companies, like BAE Systems, L-3, Elbit and smaller tier businesses, which employ about 60,000 people, whose average salary is about $90,000. This industry also contributes 9.5 percent to New Hampshire’s manufacturing GDP and 2.6 percent of its total GDP.

Since the aerospace and defense sector is so vital to the state’s economy, events such as NHAD 2017 help forge new partnerships, growth and opportunities.

What are the details I need to know to

This free event will be held from 5:30 – 8 pm, June 15, at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford. You can register here or contact Dawn Wivell.

 

‘Tis the Season for Celebrating the NH Economy

Friday, December 13th, 2013

‘Tis the season to be jolly and we were this week as we marked the 18th year we’ve hosted the Division of Economic Development annual meeting (with generous sponsorship from our friends at Public Service of New Hampshire.
We had a capacity crowd at the Inn at Church Landing in Meredith, we had great speakers … in all it was a great day.
Part of the fun was the awards presentation, recognizing all the good people, the great cooperation and the terrific work accomplished in the New Hampshire economy.

So without further ado:
Presented by Gov. Maggie Hassan and Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, the following were recognized:

WSBadger

Rose selected WS Badger Co. of Gilsum as the Company of the Year, recognizing it for its commitment to the community, the environment and its employees. Accepting the award was Emily Hall Warren, director of administration and strategic planning.

NHADEC

 

The New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium, organized last March, received the Commissioner’s Teamwork award, for its efforts in promoting two growing sectors in the Granite State. Accepting the award were Tina Kasim, left, program manager for the division’s International Trade Resource Center; Harry Johnson of Profile Metal Forming, Newmarket, and Dawn Wivell, consortium manager, of Portsmouth.

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The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard received the Employee Recognition award, presented by Jim Hinson, left, of the state Department of Education –Vocational Rehabilitation. The award recognized the shipyard for its inclusive hiring practices. Accepting for the shipyard were Debbie Jennings, president, Local 4, of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, and Paul O’Connor, president of the Federal Employees Metal Trade Council.

KathleenCallahan

Kathleen Callahan of the New Hampshire Business Review received Rose’s media award, which recognizes a journalist each year for his or her coverage of the state’s economy.

The Division of Economic Development, part of the New Hampshire Department for Resources and Economic Development, is the single point of contact for New Hampshire businesses needing assistance and resources to grow and thrive, as well as for out-of-state companies looking to expand or relocate in the state.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
NH Division of Economic Development

North of the Border Collaboration

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

This is a big week for the aerospace industry on both sides of the international border we share with Quebec. Up in Montreal, 800 people from all over Canada and the world were in town for the Forum Innovation Aérospatiale 2013 – Aero Montreal’s Aerospace Innovation Forum.

Given that our aero/defense industries are growing, this was the place to start the week.

Aerospace is a big deal in Quebec and especially in Montreal, home to the likes of the big names – Bombardier, Bell Helicopter and Pratt & Whitney Canada. We could illustrate this with facts and figures, but one of the speakers on Monday’s program explained it like this:

“Montreal is one place in the world where you can find all the parts you need to build an airplane within 30 kilometers.”

There was a spot on the program Monday afternoon for us and it was a momentous occasion, as the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium signed its first international partnership with Aero Montreal.

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Christopher Wrenn, left, of NHADEC signs the collaboration agreement with Aero Montreal.

“This is a big day for NHADEC and the state of New Hampshire,” said Christopher Wren of Gentex Corp. in Manchester, chairman of the export consortium, which was organized last March. “It’s important because we are such a young organization and it gives us the opportunity to partner with an organization that has a long history in aerospace. Our members will learn a lot, but we have a lot to offer to Aero Montreal.”

The agreement establishes preferred relations between the two organizations and encourages collaboration on topics such as training, research, joint trade missions and supplier development initiatives.

“This strategic collaboration will provide major opportunities for Quebec’s aerospace industry by encouraging trade and fostering partnerships between our two aerospace sectors,” said Suzanne Benoit, president of Aero Montreal, adding that it is the first step toward establishing a Quebec-New England aerospace corridor.

NHADEC was established by the International Trade Resource Center last March, one of the only export consortia in the country and boasts a membership of 70 companies. About 300 companies in New Hampshire have ties to the aero/defense industry and being able to tap into the connections, research and supply chain is going to be a great benefit to the sectors, which are growing in the Granite State.

“This signing really is an indication of the momentum we are building as a cluster,” said Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. “Just as aerospace and defense are key industries here, it is in Montreal as well. As we grow this collaboration and grow our partnership, we’ll develop new opportunities for New Hampshire businesses.”

Canada is New Hampshire’s largest trading partner and we share an international border with Quebec. Montreal (depending on where you are) is only a couple of hours away. The prime driver of Quebec’s economy is aerospace and 98 percent of that activity takes place within the city limits.

So this is a collaboration whose time has come and with Monday’s signing, NHADEC and Aero Montreal are cleared for take-off.

For more information on the NHADEC, visit AerospaceNH.com.

 

Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development