Club 20 hosting forum for aerospace industry

By the numbers, Colorado is second-ranked in the country in private-sector aerospace industry employment, but you’d hardly know it here on the western edge.

That’s something a group of leaders in the aerospace industry coming to Grand Junction this week would like to see change.

Club 20 is hosting the Colorado Space Business Roundtable on Wednesday, which is the second stop of an “aerospace road trip” — it has the goal of seeking out potential providers of aerospace products or services to leading companies like Arrow Electronics, Boeing, ITT Exelis, Lockheed Martin, and others.

“Many of our communities across the state have companies that could provide the components and services that are currently sourced outside of Colorado,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper in a press release from the CSBR, a network of aerospace companies.

Wednesday’s event will he held at West Star Aviation, and will also include a tour of Lewis Industries’ facility on H Road. Lewis is a precision machine shop that does manufacturing and design work for the aerospace industry.

The tour heads to Garfield County on Thursday.

U. S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., hosted a similar tour on the Front Range earlier this year.

“It’s important that we explore ways to share the successes we’ve seen on the Front Range with other regions of the state and to get our kids excited about (science, technology, engineering and math) and aerospace careers. Collaborations like these help our state’s economy thrive,” Bennet is quoted as saying.

More information on Wednesday’s presentations and tours can be found online at


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