CASPER, Wyo. — Some major aerospace and defense industry companies including Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed Martin will attend a “Wyoming Aerospace and Defense Industry Supply Chain Conference” in Casper.
The conference is being organized by the Casper Area Econmic Development Alliance/Forward Casper and Forward Sheridan and will take place Oct. 7-8 at the Casper Events Center.
CAEDA has confirmed attendance or invited the following players in the industry:
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- BAE Systems (confirmed)
- Northrop (confirmed)
- Ball Aerospace (invited)
- Moog (confirmed)
- Raytheon (invited)
- Boeing (confirmed)
- Lockheed Martin (confirmed)
- Jacobs Engineering (invited)
- BRPH (invited)
- Perspecta (confirmed)
- Burns & McDonnell (confirmed)
- ULA (United Launch Alliance) (invited)
“This Wyoming Aerospace and Defense Industry Supply Chain Conference will provide an opportunity for Wyoming manufacturers and technology companies to be introduced to the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) market through direct interaction with “Prime” A&D companies with operations in Colorado, Utah, Montana, and North and South Dakota,” an event announcement states.
CAEDA’s new President and CEO Justin Farley and previous President and CEO Charles Walsh, who Farley says is staying on through October, have talked about the opportunity this industry presents Casper and the state.
“Aerospace and defense is one of those areas that we’ve been working in a public/private partnership model to build a consortium with our existing manufacturers that have done energy their whole life,” Walsh said.
“Aerospace and defense is a market that is well funded all the time.”
Farley says that the first day of the conference will feature military and defense and aerospace industry experts. One topic will be on a large Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile upgrade program.
“After the Cold War, some of those ICBM sites were silo-ed,” Farley says, adding that the overall project to retrofit these sites could reach as much as $1 trillion in spending.
Farley explained that Wyoming companies would likely not be involved in the high-tech side of the project, but could help provide labor and other services lower on the supply chain.
The second day will feature a panel of defense contractors involved in such projects, talking about what kind of support they need from regional sub-contractors.
Farley says that conference organizers are also working to set up a panel of Wyoming companies who have worked with the federal government to provide insight into what opportunities may be available to others in the state.
Walsh said that the industry has about $50 million a year of economic activity in Wyoming, dwarfed by the approximately $30 billion in Colorado or $9-plus billion in Utah.
“There are opportunities right in the center of a lot of this,” Walsh continued. “And some of our energy manufacturers have the capacity and the capabilities and the technologies to actually do work in that industry. So it’s a beautiful thing in my mind to recruit that industry here.”
The event announcement states the following “key points” for Wyoming companies in regard to the conference:
1. A&D viewed as a high value industry market that demonstrates supply chain demand for services today.
2. Wyoming companies possess the skills, capacity, and performance to address critical mission requirements.
3. Wyoming’s geographical position to Colorado, Utah, Montana, North and South Dakota make it an ideal supplier location for key A&D prime contractors in those states.
4. Our businesses bring proven experience in some of the most challenging climates and locales.CAEDA
They also suggested five objectives Wyoming companies can acheive by attending:
1. Awareness of industry dynamics, opportunities, and challenges.
2. Establish initial framework and relationships to build into this market.
3. Educate the A&D Prime companies on Wyoming businesses capabilities.
4. Educate Wyoming Businesses on the vast opportunities in the A&D market.
5. Initial introductions of Wyoming Companies to prime A&D Contractor key influencers.CAEDA
The two day conference costs $89 to attend. Registration can be completed online.
“For more information and to sign-up, contact Justin Farley, (307) 577-7011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”