FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 22, 2013
CONTACT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Contract Supports $38 Million in U.S. Exports
U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today announced that L-3 Communications Corporation Warrior Systems Sector (Londonderry, New Hampshire) and its distributor Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Boise, Idaho) recently secured a contract from the Government of Colombia worth $42 million. The announcement comes on the heels of Acting Secretary Blank’s trade mission to Brazil, Colombia and Panama, which wrapped up on May 17. The trade mission included 20 U.S. firms with expertise in a wide variety of infrastructure industry sectors, and was intended to help American companies expand their business opportunities in Brazil, Colombia and Panama and promote U.S. exports.
“L-3’s export success is a concrete example of the Department of Commerce’s continued efforts to help U.S. firms be more competitive in this growing market,” said Acting Secretary Blank. “L-3 benefited from an aggressive, coordinated interagency commercial advocacy campaign spearheaded by our Advocacy Center to win a contract that will increase U.S. exports and support American jobs. With U.S. exports reaching an all-time high of $2.2 trillion in 2012, and supporting nearly 10 million American workers, the work of our Advocacy Center and U.S. embassies across the world is more important than ever. I congratulate L-3 Communications and their distributor Aviation Specialties Unlimited on winning this valuable contract.”
The contract will support $38 million in U.S. exports, as well as nearly 50 American jobs, according to L-3. Through this contract, L-3 will provide fully-assembled night-vision goggles, spare parts, tooling and test equipment to the Colombian government.
This successful bid was supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advocacy Center, which coordinates federal resources and authority in order to level the playing field on behalf of U.S. businesses as they compete against foreign firms for specific international contracts or other U.S. export opportunities, and staff at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. L-3 won the contract over foreign competitors Photonis (France), EO Systems (South Korea) and Meprolite (Israel).
Since its creation in 1993, the Advocacy Center has coordinated U.S. Government resources to help hundreds of American companies, including small, medium and large enterprises in various industry sectors, win government contracts across the globe. In fiscal year 2012, the Advocacy Center recorded the U.S. Government’s best year to date: client companies reported 53 wins with a total estimated value of $87.1 billion and U.S. export content of $73.9 billion. The U.S. export content supports an estimated 369,500 American jobs, according to companies.
For more information on the Advocacy Center, please visit http://export.gov/advocacy/ .