Opportunity for Local A&D Companies to Benefit from New DoD Grant Program

“Opportunity for Local A&D Companies to Benefit from New DoD Grant Program”

San Diego Chapter meeting on January 23

Propel San Diego is a grant initiative from the DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) designed to provide strategic and sustainable assistance to firms in San Diego who sell products and services to DoD.

The purpose is to develop a resilient defense supply chain that can stabilize despite changing budget, regional economic, and DoD readiness priorities and increase economic resiliency by mapping the ecosystem, leveraging existing tools to support businesses, promoting commercial diversification strategies, and increasing company to company connectivity to drive new partnerships.

As part of this project the San Diego Regional EDC conducted their largest survey report ever to learn about specific challenges and issues impacting defense companies in San Diego County. The results of that research shed light on the character of the firms operating in San Diego as well as opportunities for the region to shore up local supply chain issues and potential capture more defense spending.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 23 (networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when Jesse Gipe (Manager, Economic Development, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC)) and Leanne Anderson (Program Manager, San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC)) will present and answer questions about Propel San Diego and the recent EDC defense company survey.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:
• Find out more about Propel San Diego and how you might benefit from this grant program
• Gain insights into the local defense community from recent EDC survey
• Connect with representatives from the San Diego EDC

The meeting is free for members &amp $30 for non-members. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdjan18.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

“3D Printing Takes Flight- Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace”

“3D Printing Takes Flight- Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace”

San Fernando Valley Chapter meeting on January 16

Learn more about how additive manufacturing has been helping to change the way that the A&D industry brings products to market.

With rapid technological advancements in hardware, software, materials, and processes the amount of A&D applications being revolutionized continue to grow exponential rates.

Please join us in Sherman Oaks, CA, on Tuesday, January 16, 7:30–9:00am, when Mark Bashor, 3D Printing Applications Engineer with GoEngineer, will review the ways in which leading Aerospace and Defense companies are utilizing the technology now, how it is changing the way parts are designed and produced, and in what ways it will continue to change the shape of our industry in the foreseeable future.

The meeting is free for members ($30 for non-members, free for guests for 2 visits). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsfvjan18.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Fernando Valley chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by CohnReznick, City National Bank, and InVista Associates.

Tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication

Tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication

LA Chapter meeting on January 31

Weight is everything when it comes to heavier-than-air machines, and designers have striven continuously to improve lift to weight ratios since man first took to the air. Composite materials have played a major part in weight reduction and will pave the way to the future of flight in flying machines yet to be designed.

Join us on Wednesday, January 31, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT, for a tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication (ACF) to see a view of modern composites methods applied to both commercial and military aircraft. The degree of automation and the scale of the operation will surprise most visitors.

ACF provides structural composite components for the Boeing 787 (The Dreamliner), the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 Lightening), the Atlas V rocket, the Trident Strategic Missile program and many others.

Tickets are limited to 20 people on a first-come first-served basis.

You must be a U.S. citizen or active green card holder to gain entry to the site (proof of a legal right to work in the U.S.).

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 24). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflajan18.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club.

Tour of National Technical Systems (NTS) – Fullerton

Tour of National Technical Systems (NTS) – Fullerton

Orange County Chapter meeting in Fullerton on February 1

Join us on Thursday, February 1, 7:30–9:00am for a tour of the NTS Fullerton Laboratory and see first-hand the rigorous, complex and comprehensive testing Aerospace and Defense companies put their products through to ensure they function exactly as designed.

For more than 50 years, commercial and military partners have trusted the diverse engineering capabilities of NTS to ensure their products are developed and perfected in compliance, on time and on budget.

NTS, the undisputed leader in testing, inspection, and certification services has built one of the broadest networks in North America. The NTS laboratory network with more than 28 locations offers a full suite of environmental simulation and materials testing, including climatic, structural, dynamics, fluid flow, EMI/EMC, lightning, acoustics, failure analysis, chemical, and other industry-specific tests.

Tickets are limited to 30 people on a first-come first-served basis.

You must be a U.S. citizen or active green card holder to gain entry to the site (proof of a legal right to work in the U.S.).

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members. Click here to register to attend the meeting.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Verify.

Aerospace & Defense M&A Outlook for 2018

Aerospace & Defense M&A Outlook for 2018

AZ Chapter meeting in Phoenix on January 11

Industry 4.0, automation, additive manufacturing, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and cyber-security are firmly at center stage for the Aerospace and Defense industry. What is the outlook in an era where innovation, increased efficiencies and cost reduction remain paramount?

Join us on January 11, 7:30-9:00am, when John Farr, Managing Director & Partner at Columbia West Capital, will discuss the latest forecasts and engage on projected trends to deliver the latest market intelligence on transformations within the A&D sector. John brings an array of experience and depth of knowledge in many disciplines and multiple industries from extensive deals with large Wall Street firms to hands-on senior management experience with successful mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 Corporations.

A must-attend event for C-Suite Executives, Strategic Planners, Business Development and other management professionals to take a hard look at what 2018 has in store for the industry.

The meeting is free for members ($30 for non-members). Register at adfazjan18.eventbrite.com.

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 for non-members). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazjan18.eventbrite.com.

Click here for more information about and to join The Aerospace & Defense Forum.

The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

Accenture Digital and Technology Showcase

Accenture Digital and Technology Showcase

DFW Chapter meeting on January 11

One of the highlights of the recent Paris and Farnborough Air Shows was Accenture’s Digital and Technology Showcase.

Please join us on Thur, January 11, 7:30-9:00am when Accenture will bring the showcase to the DFW Aerospace & Defense Forum.

They will share their latest research findings and showcase a set of cutting-edge technologies including wearable technology, blockchain, connected devices and real-time location and tracking solutions.

You will experience the future of aerospace and defense and discover how industry leaders are fully embracing digital technologies as a strategic priority.

The discussion will be led by Joyce Kline, Accenture’s Digital Lead for the North America Aerospace & Defense Practice, and will take place at Accenture’s office in Irving, TX.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 for non-members until Jan 4). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwjan18.eventbrite.com.

Click here for more information about and to join The Aerospace & Defense Forum.

The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally

“The Evolving State of Federal Contractor Bid Protests”

“The Evolving State of Federal Contractor Bid Protests”

Orange County Chapter meeting on December 7

Bid protests are a critical facet of the federal procurement process and ensure that the government’s procurement decisions are rendered lawfully. Protests ensure that contractors competing for federal contracts are evaluated fairly and in accordance with the solicitation and the FAR. As the budgets of certain federal agencies shrink, the bid protest process becomes an especially important tool for contractors in pursuing or maintaining existing federal work. Bid protests remain equally important for Department of Defense procurements, where spending appears likely to remain strong.

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, December 7, 7:30–9:00am, when Richard Oliver, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a leading authority on government contracts and disputes involving the Department of Defense and civilian agencies, will describe recent developments in government contract bid protests, including the impact of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016, which have greatly impacted the ability of government contractors to pursue bid protests on task order awards.

The meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and Verify.

Tour of Brek Manufacturing Company

Tour of Brek Manufacturing Company

South Bay Chapter Meeting on Dec 13

Please join us on Wed, Dec 13, 8:30-10:00am in Gardena, CA for a tour of Brek Manufacturing Company. The Company, founded in 1968, is a leading manufacturer of large, complex structural components and sub-assemblies for the commercial and military aircraft markets.

The Company was acquired by Aernnova in April 2017.

Brek is a high performing supplier with world class machining capability producing a wide range of aluminum structural components such as bulkheads, floors, frames, ribs, spars, and longerons that are incorporated into virtually every aspect of an aircraft, from the fuselage to the wing tip

The Company is an award winning supplier to the world’s most attractive programs, such as the B737, B777, B787, A-380, F-18, F-15, F-35, V-22, CH-47, and UH-60, through a blue chip list of OEM and Tier I customers such as Boeing, Airbus, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX and Spirit Aerosystems

The tour will cover all areas of manufacturing including machining, assembly and inspection.

The event is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until Dec 6). For more information and to register to attend go to http://adfsbdec17.eventbrite.com.

Click here for more information about and to join The Aerospace & Defense Forum.

The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, California United Bank, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

“Starting & Growing a Space Hardware Company”

“Starting & Growing a Space Hardware Company””

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on December 1

LA is home to many of the largest aerospace prime contractors, and a number of smaller aerospace companies are also choosing to set up shop in LA. Phase Four is building a plasma engine, a new type of in-space propulsion, for satellites and has decided to call El Segundo home.

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, December 1, 7:30–9:00am, when Simon Halpern, the Founder and CEO of Phase Four, will discuss what it’s like to start a space hardware company with only an idea and an Internet connection and build it up into a rapidly growing 18-person company over the last 2 years.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflanov17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

JW Hill Capital’s Acquisition of Bandy Manufacturing from GKN Aerospace

JW Hill Capital’s Acquisition of Bandy Manufacturing from GKN Aerospace

A Joint Event With ACG San Diego

San Diego Chapter meeting on November 21

Independent Sponsors are a growing class of private equity firms that, unlike traditional firms with committed capital, choose to source capital on a deal-by-deal basis. JW Hill Capital, a Newport Beach-based private equity firm, is an Independent Sponsor that recently completed the acquisition of Burbank, California-based Bandy Manufacturing from GKN Aerospace. This deal, a cross-border divestiture from a major European strategic that went through a competitive auction process, is an example of how Independent Sponsors are successfully executing complex transactions.

Join us in Solana Beach, CA, on Tuesday, Nov 21, 7:00–9:00am, when our panel will examine questions such as: What does the Independent Sponsor trend mean for sellers, investors, and operators? How does an Independent Sponsor transaction differ from other buyers and what does that mean for sellers? How was JW Hill Capital, a relatively new firm, able accomplish this transaction? Do we expect to see more divestitures in the near-term as larger companies reshape their portfolios?

Panelists: John Hill (Managing Partner, JW Hill Capital), Neal Nordstrom (Operating Partner, JW Hill Capital), Paul Weisbrich (Managing Director, DA Davidson), Steve Alexander (General Manager, Bandy Manufacturing) and Moderator Ed Lake(CFO Merlin Global Services & A&D Forum, San Diego Chapter Chair)

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members. Register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdnov17.eventbrite.com. Non-members register through the ACG website at https://www.acg.org/sandiego/events/acg-san-diego-november-ma-ad.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The San Diego chapter is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.