Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) – a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee – meets with LM Aeronautics in Pinellas, FL for an update on key national security programs, such as the F-35, during a visit organized by the FL Defense Contractors Association.

From L-to-R: Joe Mayer (LM Government Relations-FL and FDCA Board Member), Tony Yehl (LM Aero Business Operations), Rick Concotelli (LM Aero Business Development), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Andre Trotter (LM Aero Pinellas General Manager), and Don “Bo Bo” Schilpp (LM Wash DC Government Affairs).
From L-to-R: Joe Mayer (LM Government Relations-FL and FDCA Board Member), Tony Yehl (LM Aero Business Operations), Rick Concotelli (LM Aero Business Development), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Andre Trotter (LM Aero Pinellas General Manager), and Don “Bo Bo” Schilpp (LM Wash DC Government Affairs).


Sep 1, 2016 | Press Release

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after a two day tour of various defense contractors and suppliers in Florida. Diaz-Balart is a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and also serves as Chair of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.  Beginning next Congress, Diaz-Balart will be the only returning Florida House member serving on a defense authorizing or appropriations committee. The tour was hosted by the Florida Defense Contractors Association (FDCA), a statewide organization dedicated to promoting the common interest of commercial enterprises engaged in manufacturing, supplying, or other services or activities for the national defense.

Rep. Diaz-Balart: “Florida’s military bases and defense industry play a critical role in supporting our national security. They are also critical to our state’s economy, serving as the fourth largest industry, employing nearly 775,000 Floridians with an economic impact of close to $80 billion. I saw first-hand the types of programs and platforms Florida’s small, midsize, and large contractors support as part of our defense posture.  Florida’s training, modeling, and simulation corridor creates and sustains a highly educated workforce that secures our state’s status as the country’s leading industry hub.  It provided me with a deeper understanding of Florida’s military role and reinforced my commitment to a strong, robust national defense that serves as the cornerstone of America’s security. As the only Floridian returning to a defense committee next Congress, I’m committed to ensuring we have the necessary resources needed by our men and women in uniform.

“I want to commend the Florida Defense Contractors Association for hosting this tour, and for the important role they play in promoting the interest of defense contractors across the state and the partnerships they help forge.”

Noel McCormick, Chairman of the Florida Defense Contractors Association: “The Florida Defense Contractors Association was honored to host Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart this week, and to offer him an introduction to the extraordinary accomplishments of Central Florida’s defense industry. We particularly admire the Congressman’s demonstrated leadership in traveling beyond his district to learn more about the impact of our efforts statewide. We look forward to a continued close working relationship with he and his staff as we seek to serve America’s Heroes, while creating Florida jobs.”

During the tour, Diaz-Balart visited and met with representatives from General Dynamics Ordinance & Tactical Systems, DRS Technologies, EEI Manufacturing Services, McCormick Stevenson, Lockheed Martin (Rotary & Mission Systems, Missiles & Fire Control, Aeronautics), Raytheon, Cubic, National Center for Simulation, GC Laser Systems, American Services Technology, Magnus Hitech Industries, R-Squared Solutions, SIMETRI, and Industrial Smoke and Mirrors, Inc.

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