- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s growing aerospace and defense industry is planning its first conference next month.

Panel discussions will cover topics relating to export strategies at the June 10 conference at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. The keynote speaker is Paul Kling, deputy vice president of operations and supplier partnerships for BAE.

About 4 percent of New Hampshire’s gross domestic product is tied to aerospace or defense, the sixth highest in the nation. In 2014, exports in the aerospace sector increased more than 25 percent.

“New Hampshire is home to about 350 aerospace and defense companies, which employ over 7,000 people who earn an average annual salary of about $97,000,” said Zenagui Brahim, chairman of the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium. “This conference will focus on the state’s capabilities in aerospace and defense and provide a forum for the industry to come together to strengthen the local supply chain and increase our competitiveness in the global marketplace.”

Registration at the conference is required at www.nhadec.com/nhad-conference.

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