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Michigan's LaSalle Electric chosen as a key member of The Boeing Company's nationwide aerial refueling tanker team

LaSalle Electric today announced that it has been selected by The Boeing Company to be a part of its nationwide team to compete for the U.S. Air Force's new fleet of aerial refueling tankers. Based in Livonia, LaSalle Electric is the largest aviation lighting distribution company in the world, supplying lighting and accessories for the cockpit, cabin, and exterior along with wire cable ties to Boeing and to over a hundred airline companies in more than 25 countries around the world.

By joining with Boeing, LaSalle Electric will become eligible to increase orders if Boeing is awarded the U.S. Air Force tanker contract in mid-2010. LaSalle's participation in the tanker program will solidify their position as a leading aviation distributor headquartered in the state of Michigan.

"We are honored and pleased to be a part of this exceptional team that will build the next generation of aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force and our brave warfighters," said Jim Gatward, LaSalle President. "It is a great way to serve our largest customer as a supplier and it also helps us support our manufacturers, such as General Electric, Welch Allyn, Panduit, Wamco, Osram and many more for this exciting new aircraft."

"Boeing's and LaSalle Electric's partnership is welcome news for struggling Michigan - and all American - working families engaged in America's critical manufacturing community," said Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter.

"In Michigan, we know that the foundation of a successful economy is a robust manufacturing industry," said Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. "Not only will this agreement between LaSalle Electric Supply and Boeing create long-term manufacturing and distribution jobs right here in Michigan, but it will also support our men and women in uniform and strengthen our national security."

Boeing works with more than 280 companies in Michigan, paying more than $550 million for services and products. If Boeing is awarded the contract, it would support at least 50,000 new and existing jobs across the United States.

LaSalle Electric is proud to help Boeing deliver the most capable, survivable, and combat-ready tanker at the best value for the taxpayer.

Press release issued by LaSalle Electric on February 2, 2010


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