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Marketing Material in Hand: Birmingham City Council Planning to Head to Paris Air Show to Market Kaiser Aerospace Facility

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Thursday May 14, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- It’s known as the Taj Mahal of the aerospace industry, the International Paris Airshow. In a little over a month Mayor William Bell, and Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin will take part in the annual show with one goal in mind: market all of the aerospace opportunities that exist within the Magic City. City leaders are specifically looking to showcase the Kaiser Aerospace Facility that sits adjacent to the airport. The 1.2 million-square-foot facility includes 10 pull-through hanger bays. The facility also includes two warehouses totaling 295,000 square feet which can house a number of distribution or manufacturing uses, as well as two paint booth rounds.

“Many people here in Birmingham, let alone around the world don’t even know that an aerospace asset of this kind exists within our city,” Mayor Bell said. “It’s our hope that the meetings that we have in Paris will be the first steps in bringing an aerospace giant to our city, which will in turn produce thousands of jobs.”

The International Airshow is known for connecting city leaders with companies around the world. Birmingham is just one of numerous cities in Alabama whom will take part in the event. City officials from Huntsville, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa will also be attending the annual event, along with State Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey. Birmingham leaders say they are excited about the opportunity to join other cities who have attended the event for so many years. Those attending agree that it is imperative that Birmingham put their best foot forward to market their city like only they can.

“The opportunities for this trip are endless and we are eager to take part in an event of this magnitude that could reap some major rewards for our city,” President Austin said. “Our goal is clear, and we’re looking forward to capitalizing on multiple aerospace prospects.”

The 51st air show will take place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from June 15-21st. The first four days of the show will be reserved for trade visitors, followed by three days open to the general public. The event, which is over a hundred years old, is the largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world. Since its launch, the show has been at the very heart of developments in the global aerospace market, for which it has become the most important meeting place over the years. The biggest aircraft manufacturers worldwide such as Boeing, Embraer, and Airbus have already confirmed their attendance, with many new products and innovations expected, given the numbers of ongoing projects in those companies.

In addition to the meetings that will take place at the Air Show, Mayor Bell and President Austin will also travel to Germany to meet with Mercedes and Evonik Industries. Their trip abroad will conclude back in Paris with scheduled meetings between Mayor Bell, President Austin, and potential partners.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.254.2036 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.