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Gregoire announces 160 jobs, other gains at U.K. air show

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on July 9, 2012 at 10:34 am with No Comments »
July 9, 2012 10:34 am

Gov. Chris Gregoire said this morning during her trade mission in England that two European aerospace firms are expanding their workforce in Washington state by a combined 160 jobs. The expansions, which had been in the works at UMBRA Cuscinetti, Inc., and Aerojet , were announced at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom where she was able to met with executives of the Dutch and Italian companies.

The Democratic governor spoke on a day that Boeing Co. also announced $7.2 billion in new orders for its 737 MAX, which the governor called good news and an indication the state needs to continue expanding its trained aerospace workforce.

The UMBRA expansion adds about 100 jobs in Snohomish County, which took a blow earlier this year when closure of the Kimberly-Clark mill eliminated 700 jobs. The Aerojet expansion swells the firm’s engineering workforce from about 10 to 70 to do research and development on thermal plastics in Mukilteo, Gregoire said.
She also said Dassault Systemes has signed an agreement with the Washington Board for Community and Technical Colleges, that provides computer-aided design software to the schools at discounted prices $7.63 per license vs. $200 to $350.

In other trade news, Gregoire said the state trade delegation also has met with an aerospace supplier that recently bid for a contract with Boeing. A decision by Boeing is due by the end of August and this could open the way for more jobs in Washington.

As Gregoire also noted in a news release:

Gregoire’s first day at the Farnborough Air Show included meetings with executives from Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Raytheon and Safran to discuss possible expansion opportunities in Washington state.

Gregoire also met with executives at Aerojet, who informed the governor that the company will be expanding its space rocket engine business into Europe. The company already employs 450 high tech workers at its Redmond offices. The new European venture is expected to provide key subcontracted work for its facility in Redmond, providing not only revenue growth but job growth for the region.

Additionally, Gregoire helped announce a major expansion by aerospace supplier UMBRA Cuscinetti, Inc. The company announced today it would relocate its Everett offices to a larger 68,000 square foot facility that supports the addition of research and development and design engineering capabilities. The expansion will help the company add more than 100 employees in Snohomish County.

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