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Sen. Marco Rubio Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Local Business Leaders at AVA in Orange Park

Sen. Marco Rubio Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Local Business Leaders at AVA in Orange Park

By Bill Garrison, Executive Director/President of Clay EDC

On Oct. 4, 2016, Sen. Marco Rubio toured American Valley Aviation in Orange Park, and after the tour hosted a round-table discussion with local business leaders about issues affecting defense and aviation related business in Northeast Florida.

American Valley Aviation has locations in Orange Park, FL and Quincy, CA, and specializes in supporting the aerospace market. Both locations provide US and international customers with a variety of specialized aviation services. The Orange Park location re-manufactures the P-3 Weapons Pylon under license by Lockheed Martin, and has expanded its capabilities to include FAA Approved avionics and electrical repair, overhaul and testing.

Other Clay aviation and defense related businesses participating in the round-table discussion with Sen. Rubio included Andromeda Systems Inc., a software developer whose largest customer is the Dept. of Defense, and Aero-Hose Corporation, a manufacturer of military-grade hydraulic hoses used extensively in the defense and aviation industry.

With over 23,000 military veterans living here, Clay County is a natural location for defense-related businesses.  Many of these veterans have immediately transferable skills and experience gained during their military service.  American Valley Aviation has been able to take advantage of this trained workforce to grow its business, and is currently planning an expansion that would allow them to continue that growth. 

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