Two Oregon small businesses will exhibit at this week’s 50th Paris Air Show in Oregon’s first state booth in the U.S. Pavilion at the pre-eminent international showcase of more than 2000 aerospace companies.
Business Oregon’s booth, funded by State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant funds, will feature Hood River’s Sightline Applications and HR Toughguard of Portland. In addition, a representative from the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) an industry organization representing Oregon and Washington military companies, will be on hand to help launch the Coalition’s export initiative.
Sightline Applications produces cutting-edge, onboard video processing systems. Its products feature DSP-based, embedded systems well-suited for airborne and ground video applications. The company boasts years of experience with unmanned systems and in delivering image processing solutions.
HR ToughGuard manufactures a proven Nano paint protectant product. Commercial, corporate and private Aviation/Aerospace industry customers as well as the U.S. military use ToughGuard’s product to preserve asset life, reduce fuel burn penalties and reduce maintenance/cleaning labor and materials cost.
Both companies will receive export assistance grants from Business Oregon to help defray their costs associated with appearing at the international trade show. The funding supports the participation of Oregon small businesses in international trade shows and trade missions through individual export development grants of up to $5,000.
The U.S. Pavilion is the largest international group represented at the show. It will feature 22 State Pavilions exhibiting, with 34 states represented in total. There are more than 260 U.S. companies participating in the U.S. Pavilion for 2013, the largest U.S. participation at the Paris Air Show in more than a decade.
Oregon received its second STEP award of $499,049 from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a 30% increase over the 2011 award, in late 2012. As the first year of Oregon STEP concludes, more than 80 Oregon companies enrolled in the program, participating in 66 trade shows. Half of those companies have completed their export activity, resulting in nearly $500,000 in export sales. All together, the participants expect to sell more than $6 million worth of goods as a result over the next year.