Gov. Bevin leaves for Paris to promote aerospace in KY

Frankfort, Ky. (WKYT)- Gov. Matt Bevin is heading to the worlds largest aerospace event in Paris to discuss business and expansion opportunities for Kentucky.

This comes after Kentucky announced a $1.3 billion dollar investment by aerospace-related companies for multiple projects in the state. One project would include the nations first aluminum rolling mill which is expected to open in 2020 with 600 jobs.

During his time in Paris, the governor is expected to meet with world leaders in aerospace engineering to discuss their opportunities bringing their manufacturing to Kentucky.

"Kentucky is a top location in the U.S. for aviation and aerospace engineering, manufacturing and R&D. We offer formidable advanced-manufacturing resources and experience, plus workforce programs that set the bar nationally, logistics hubs that deliver products nearly anywhere globally overnight, and a network of available sites and buildings in attractive communities," Gov. Bevin said. "Meetings we have scheduled with corporate executives during the Paris Air Show will give us the opportunity to demonstrate how Kentucky meets their needs and provides the environment for long-term success."

Aerospace products already sit as Kentucky's top export with more than $10.8 billion dollars shipped abroad for the bluegrass state in 2016.

This year's Paris Air Show will include more than 2,300 exhibitors with more than 130 aircraft scheduled to be on display.

In 2015, the air show shattered its previous attendance records with more than 350,000 visitors.