People from across the south and midwest gathered in Fort Smith for the “Mid-America Aerospace and Defense Summit,” on Wednesday, April 24.
At the event, a discussion was held about the region’s strong presence in the aviation markets, aerospace and growth potential.
Some of the leading aerospace and defense companies such as Dassault Falcon Jet, Lockheed Martin, and Southwest Airlines provided learning sessions, presentations, and exhibits.
“Aerospace is our number one export from Arkansas outside the country. There are a lot of folks In Arkansas whose livelihood depends on the aerospace and defense industry, said Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin.
Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas are leaders in aerospace and aviation parts and services. The industry has provided more than 430,000 jobs and 15 billion jobs In aerospace and defense exports.