Suozzi Hosts Over 300 People at Aerospace and Defense Industry Conference
On Monday, Congressman Tom Suozzi was joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Eric Chewning for a major Aerospace and Defense Industry Supply Conference aimed at finding innovative ideas to help this critical industry to Long Island’s economy grow stronger and more competitive. New York’s Third Congressional District is the largest recipient of federal defense contracts in New York State with over $1.7 billion annually, as are the hundreds of suppliers who are based on “the 495 Research Corridor.”
“This conference was meant to accomplish three things,” said Congressman Suozzi.
“1) Let Long Islanders and the nation know that this multi-billion dollar ‘cluster’ of local aerospace and defense suppliers is thriving on Long Island;
2) To begin to brand Long Island as ‘High-Tech Island’;
3) To educate Long Island suppliers on what prime contractors are looking for from a supply chain
“I believe we accomplished these goals. I’m excited about what the future has to offer the aerospace and defense industries right here at home,” added Suozzi.
Over 300 people representing over 180 local suppliers were on-hand. The event featured speakers from the Department of Defense and leading aerospace companies, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Eric Chewning, Patricia McMahon (Northrop Grumman), Camille Geiger (Boeing) and Dave Logan (BAE Systems).
“Boeing is proud to partner with more than 160 suppliers and vendors across Long Island, including 31 in Congressman Suozzi’s district,” said Camille Geiger, Global Supplier Diversity leader for Boeing who participated on a panel during yesterday’s conference. “Last year alone, Boeing spent more than $558 million with Long Island suppliers and vendors, which supports both direct and indirect jobs. We are proud of our partnership with New York, and we appreciate the opportunity to participate in yesterday’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Supply Conference. These conferences allow us to network and collaborate with diverse industry partners so that we can find the best solutions for our customers, secure the company's long-term success and support the local economy.”
“The opportunity to help promote advanced technology manufacturing and the defense supply chain on Long Island is tremendous for our Greenlawn site,” said Dave Logan, vice president and general manager of C4ISR Systems at BAE Systems. “The work our employees on Long Island perform for our armed forces and militaries around the world is illustrative of the high tech expertise present in this community. We have been producing Identification Friend or Foe interrogators and responders for more than 75 years, providing mission critical technology to customers around the world – and it is the enduring partnership with our supply chain that enables us to deliver those high performance, defect-free products to our customers.”
“Northrop Grumman is proud of its rich heritage on Long Island, our team in Bethpage and our significant supplier base. I was pleased to participate in Congressman Suozzi’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Supplier Conference,” said Patricia McMahon, Vice President, Corporate Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman.
In April, Congressman Suozzi held a roundtable discussion on the aerospace and defense industry at the Cold Spring Harbor Library. Over 100 people representing 53 companies attended the meeting.