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Gov. Gregoire Opens WA Exhibit at Farnborough Air Show

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire is in London to open the Washington exhibit at the Farnborough Air Show, and she says she’s already received word from companies that plan to expand in the state.

Gregoire told reporters in a conference call Monday that aerospace supplier UMBRA Cuscinetti, Inc. announced it would relocate and expand its Everett offices that will add more than 100 employees. Gregoire also said that Dutch company Fokker Aerostructures has agreed to grow its Mukilteo office from 10 engineers to 70. She also met with executives at Aerojet, which employs 450 workers at its Redmond office.

She says the company told her it will be expanding its space rocket engine business into Europe. Gregoire says that expansion is expected to provide key subcontracted work for its facility in Redmond, providing not only revenue growth but job growth for the region.

– Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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