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Governor highlights Boca Raton aerospace company's success

Targeting more aerospace industry expansion
Posted at 7:16 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 05:32:58-04

A business that's soaring in Boca Raton has caught the attention of Governor Rick Scott.

The governor toured Aerospace Technologies Group today and talked of bringing more aerospace companies to the area.

Next time you lower the shade on the window of an airplane, think of Boca Raton.

“I do hope everybody starts looking at window shades a little differently,” said Aerospace Technologies Group President and CEO Simon Kay.

The company designs and manufactures airplane shades in Boca Raton. Since opening in at its current location with 80 employees in 2011, it has added 70 workers and opened a second warehouse.

“If my plans work out, we'll be adding another one,” Kay said with a smile.

Governor Scott ran for election on a platform of creating jobs. He thinks aerospace is an industry that can add opportunities for workers.

This month, he pitched Florida at an airshow in London.

“It’s the workforce, it's the fact other companies are here, customers are here, suppliers are here, companies you can sell to are here,” Scott highlighted Florida’s strengths.

Kay said the secret to his success is the graduates from Florida Atlantic University. His company is in the Research Park, a development which connects private businesses with FAU.

“Their engineering department and the interface with the university is a great attraction to being here because we're a very engineering-driven company,” Kay said. 

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