Walorski Kicks Off Defense Tour in South Bend

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tour also included stops in Fort Wayne

MISHAWAKA – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Armed Services Committee, today began the first day of a multi-city defense tour. Over the course of three days, she will visit military installations and industry partners around Indiana to showcase the importance of Indiana’s role both nationally and locally in defense interests, research and development, and technology.

“I’m continuously amazed by what Hoosiers accomplish each day in support of our men and women in uniform,” Walorski said. “From the assembly line in South Bend to the flight line in Fort Wayne, Hoosiers are vital to our national security and deserve our recognition and gratitude.”

According to the Indiana Business Resource Center, “the prominence of the defense industry in Indiana may be one of the most important untold stories of the past decade.” In addition to being a leader in the defense industry, Indiana’s defense contracts also support high-paying jobs. According to the IMPLAN model used to estimate the economic impact of the defense industry, the estimated average compensation for direct defense-supported jobs was nearly $20,000 greater than Indiana’s average compensation per worker for all jobs.

Walorski’s first day of the tour began with a visit to Honeywell’s aircraft wheels and brakes manufacturing facility in South Bend. The tour continued at the AM General Test Track, where Walorski rode in a HMMWV (Humvee®) vehicle, which is produced in South Bend for military use overseas. She then traveled to Fort Wayne to visit the 122nd Fighter Wing base and finished the day with a tour of the $39 million BAE Systems facility along with Rep. Marlin Stutzman.

Wednesday’s tour continues in Indianapolis where Walorski will speak at the Indianapolis Veterans Day Ceremony, lead a defense roundtable with leaders from the defense industry and university officials from around the state, and also tour Rolls-Royce’s LiftFan facility, where jet engines for F-35B’s are manufactured. The tour concludes Thursday at Crane’s Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s defense tour.

Caption: Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) visits the AM General Test track on Tuesday as part of her three-day, multi-city defense tour around Indiana.

Honeywell Ground Support Solutions (GSS) has over fifty years of experience in the development and manufacture of test equipment and facilities to support all Honeywell Aerospace products.

AM General LLC, headquartered in South Bend, Ind., designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for commercial and military customers. As original designer and manufacturer of the famous Humvee® and HUMMER® H1 vehicles, AM General has more than six decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by approximately 1,500 employees at its major facilities, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

The 122nd Fighter Wing traces its heritage back to the 358th Fighter Group that was activated in January, 1943, at Richmond Army Air Base, VA. Flying P-47D “Thunderbolts,” the 358th flew interdiction and bomber escort missions from England until D-Day. The base was originally named after Lt. Paul Baer, Fort Wayne native and fighter ace of World War I.

BAE Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defense, aerospace and security solutions and employs a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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