Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Airbus eyes Washington suppliers

Airbus is looking for suppliers in Boeing's home state, according to the Seattle Times. David Williams, vice president of procurement at Airbus Americas, met with Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire to discuss opportunities. Williams' job is to find more U.S. suppliers for Airbus and its parent, EADS. Williams said in an interview at the Farnborough International Air Show that Washington is a key aerospace state, "an obvious pond to fish." The state has 740 aerospace suppliers. (Source: Seattle Times, 07/11/12) Gulf Coast note: Last week Airbus said it would build an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex that will create 3,200 construction jobs and eventually employ 1,000 workers.