Pence talks up Indiana as an ‘aerospace leader’

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

LONDON (WLFI) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hits the second day of his trip to the United Kingdom focused on economic development. Tuesday Pence expressed the advantages of Indiana to businesses as he met with global companies and participated in a roundtable discussion at the Farnborough International Airshow — one of the largest trade fairs in the international aerospace industry.

“Indiana’s reputation continues to soar on the global stage,” Pence told News 18 in a release. “During an aerospace roundtable discussion today at Farnborough, we shared Indiana’s story with prominent American aerospace companies that have excelled in their industry. Through participation in events like this, we ensure both our continued leadership in this market and that Indiana is known everywhere as the state that works.”

During the roundtable, Pence discussed Indiana’s development as an aerospace leader and what actions the state has taken to make locating there a business advantage. He also recognized the global aerospace companies already choosing to operate in Indiana, from Alcoa and BAE Systems to Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation.

“The dialogue at this presentation showcased Indiana’s strengths,” Pence continued in the new release. “With an Indiana business environment free of excessive regulations and sky-high expenses, our message is resonating and presents a clear, competitive advantage for creating more jobs for Hoosiers.”

Pence also attended meetings with leading aerospace companies, including GE Aviation and Raytheon, to discuss their plans in Indiana. In addition, he met with major executives at Tate & Lyle and the chief executive officer of BP, Bob Dudley.

At the Tate & Lyle meeting, the company announced it will invest more than $90 million in its two Lafayette, Indiana facilities.

“Bringing jobs and investment home to Indiana is the mission of these trips, so it is always encouraging when a company like Tate & Lyle decides to help us do just that,” Pence stated in a release. “Learning what the company has in store for Indiana helps us determine what we can do to strengthen our state’s foundation for growth, and, with the aid of hardworking Hoosiers in the Lafayette area, this company has a bright future ahead in the Hoosier State.”

For more information about Tate & Lyle’s expansion plans in Lafayette, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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