Florida’s Congressional and Military Leaders to Convene with Defense and Aerospace Industries at Upcoming Expo in Orlando

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Top officials and thought leaders from the U.S. defense and aerospace industries and the Florida companies that serve them will gather here this winter when the Florida Defense Contractors Association (FDCA) hosts the sixth annual Florida Defense Expo. Providing attendees with educational sessions, industry networking and business development opportunities, the Expo will take place Feb. 20 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

The Expo brings together U.S. military, Department of Defense, Homeland Security and organizations serving the nation’s defense with businesses dedicated to providing high quality, safe and innovative products and services to its warfighters. Federal, state and local leaders also will be on-hand.

“The Expo is a fantastic opportunity for attendees to learn more about the Florida defense and aerospace industry, its strategic role in America’s national security mission and how it helps grow the economy and create jobs,” said Gene Moran, FDCA Executive Director. “For the sixth year in a row, companies large and small will be gathered under one roof to tell our state’s defense story.”

Confirmed Expo speakers include: U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL 25th District); U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (FL 13th District); Chester Kennedy, CEO, International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research; Bruce Grant, Vice President, Military & Defense Programs, Enterprise Florida, Inc.; and other leaders in the Florida defense and aerospace industry. The Expo also will include a trade show representing small and emerging companies as well as global top-100 firms and the organizations that help support them.

“FDCA is uniquely positioned to lead a statewide business network on behalf of Florida defense contractors,” said FDCA Chair Noel McCormick, President of McCormick Stevenson.

Current sponsors for the event include McCormick Stevenson, Capitol Integration, R-Squared Solutions, EEI Manufacturing Services, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Chemring Ordnance, Alakai Defense Systems, Shutts, Lockheed Martin, Gulf Coast Underwriters, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services, On Point Defense Technologies, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, Embraer Aircraft Holding and Actron Entities, The Boeing Company, Pinellas County Economic Development and the Florida Chamber Foundation.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. on Feb. 20 at the Orlando Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Expo sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Gene Moran at (616) 951-4688 or gene@capitolintegration.com.

The FDCA is a statewide business development and education group for Florida defense and aerospace businesses of all sizes. The FDCA’s goal is to make Florida the premier state where defense and aerospace companies conduct business and create jobs.

To learn more or to register for the Expo, go to fl-dc.com/calendar/6th-annual-fdca-florida-defense-expo. For hotel information and reservations, go to the Rosen Plaza website or call 1-800-627-8258.


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