MIDWEST CITY, Okla., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, for the first time, GE Aviation is hosting a full day of the annual Tinker and the Primes National Requirements Symposium in Midwest City, Okla. GE Aviation, a world leader in commercial and military jet engine and component production, sponsored its symposium in order to build relationships with Oklahoma's aerospace suppliers, creating business opportunities within the state.
The day-long event, held at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center, provides a chance for local small businesses interested in working with GE Aviation to receive coaching and mentoring through panel discussions and one-on-one sessions. Following the event, GE Aviation will move forward to the next phase of relationship development with companies that best match its needs and quality requirements.
GE Aviation Military Systems Vice President Allen Paxson briefed participating businesses at the symposium on the important relationships GE Aviation has with its suppliers and the ways such relationships can benefit Oklahoma businesses.
"We're grateful for the opportunity to host an entire day of the seventh annual Tinker and the Primes conference. We know from experience how impressive Oklahoma's aerospace industry is, and we're thrilled to expand our supplier network in the state," Paxson said.
Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb joined GE Aviation in welcoming attendees and spoke to the benefits of working with GE. In addition to Lt. Gov. Lamb, the Greater Oklahoma City Area Partnership and the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce worked closely with GE Aviation to bring this opportunity to Oklahoma's business community.
GE Aviation employs approximately 37,000 employees and operates more than 50 manufacturing and service facilities around the world. The company invests $1 billion annually in jet propulsion R&D programs. This long tradition of commitment to new technology has helped GE establish its leadership position in the industry with a proud list of "firsts" in both the military and commercial jet propulsion, tracing back to 1942 with America's first jet engine.
GE Aviation, a GE operating unit based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as integrated digital, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft.
SOURCE GE Aviation