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Vought Recognizes National Aerospace Day


DALLAS. – Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. pays tribute today to National Aerospace Day, a day that has been set aside by Congress to recognize the contributions of the American aerospace industry to America’s history, economy, security and workforce.

There are two million Americans who are supported by the aerospace industry. While much of the country is significantly struggling economically, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) reports that it represents an industry that is relatively stable, hasn’t asked for a bailout, and has the largest positive trade balance of any manufacturing sector.

“National Aerospace Day is important for three reasons,” said Vought President and CEO Elmer Doty. “It’s an opportunity to remind Congress and the administration about the value of the industry; it’s a great day to say ‘job well done’ to all the men and women of the aerospace workforce; and it’s a time to encourage our young men and women to consider a rewarding career in aerospace.”

AIA notes that the aerospace industry’s workforce is highly skilled, leading the United States in global competitiveness. The workers are productive and patriotic citizens, and there are growing opportunities for young people to have an exciting and well-paying career in the industry.

As Vought celebrates National Aerospace Day, the company recognizes its employees for taking great pride in their work, and playing a key role in the research and development of ground-breaking designs, materials and manufacturing processes that have contributed significantly to the aerospace industry.

Vought also acknowledges the many aerospace companies that are part of the company’s unique heritage. Its family tree includes parts of the former Grumman, Northrop, Stinson, Textron, Avco and Vought companies.

Vought Aircraft Industries was formed in 2000 when Northrop Grumman sold its aerostructures business to The Carlyle Group. The commercial aerostructures businesses of Vought Aircraft Company, Northrop Corporation and Grumman Corporation were integrated into one operating unit as part of the formation of Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1994. In July 2003, Vought merged with Nashville-based Aerostructures Corporation, whose legacy companies include Stinson, Avco and Textron.

Today’s Vought is a major subcontracting partner on many commercial and military aircraft programs – including every Boeing commercial jetliner in production; the popular A330/A340 family of aircraft; and numerous military platforms that help contribute to the security of the United States.

Vought offers a full range of design, testing, manufacturing and support capabilities. It is positioned as a Tier I Integrator – filling the gap between prime contractors and traditional subcontractors by providing large, complex aerostructures on a turnkey basis.


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