Indy to host aerospace conference in 2018

The Aerospace Industries Association plans to host its Supplier Management Council conference in Indianapolis in the spring of 2018, state officials announced Tuesday from a prestigious airshow in England.

The conference is held three times a year.

The Indianapolis event will be presented in partnership with Rolls-Royce and the state of Indiana. Rolls-Royce is an England-based company with facilities worldwide. It employs about 4,000 employees in the Indianapolis area.

AIA is a leading aerospace trade association that represents more than 300 aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers. The Arlington, Virginia-based organization was established in 1919.

AIA made the Indianapolis announcement at the Farnborough International Airshow in England, which is the world’s largest aviation industry exhibition.

A delegation of Indiana business, education and economic development leaders are attending the airshow, which includes a trade show on July 11-15 and a public show July 16-17.

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