Global Conference 2011

Global Conference 2011

The Aerospace Industry: The Last Great American Manufacturing Export?

Monday, May 2, 2011 / 9:30 am - 10:45 am

The U.S. auto industry once dominated America's manufacturing machine. So it was ironic that when the CEOs of the big three automakers testified before Congress in 2008, the media focused on their arrival in Washington via business aircraft. Left out of that story was the fact that the business aircraft industry accounts for more than 1.2 million jobs. It's part of a broader U.S. aerospace industry that has quietly become one of the country's bright spots for exports. In fact, much of its growth can be attributed to exports, as American brands are the planes of choice around the world. The industry is now responsible for more than 10 percent of U.S. manufacturing's annual exports. This panel brings together executives from several leading U.S. aerospace companies to discuss how America has maintained its position as the world's aviation supplier and whether it will remain on top.


Kevin Klowden

Managing Economist and Director, California Center, Milken Institute


Dale Carlson

Executive for Advanced Engine Systems, GE Aviation

David Coleal

Vice President and General Manager, Learjet

Larry Flynn

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Gulfstream

Richard Wynne

Director of Environment and Aviation Policy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

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