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Ambassador Marantis Continues TPP Outreach in Rhode Island and Connecticut

After speaking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations to an audience of 400 at Bryant University’s 25th Annual Trade, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Marantis continued his TPP domestic outreach in Connecticut.

Ambassador Marantis in Rhode Island

His first stop was Capewell Components in South Windsor, Connecticut, at an event organized by the office of Congressman John Larson. Capewell is a 125-year-old manufacturing company that produces precision aerial delivery systems for aircraft, including drop platforms, containers and cargo handling equipment used in military and humanitarian operations. Standing on Capewell’s shop floor, Ambassador Marantis discussed TPP’s potential with business leaders of local manufacturing companies. Discussion focused on the challenges of competing regulatory regimes in Asia, the potential of Vietnam’s market of 86 million consumers, and exports as a driver of Connecticut manufacturing and services jobs.

Ambassador Marantis then traveled to East Hartford to the headquarters of Pratt and Whitney, a manufacturer and exporter of aircraft engines. Pratt and Whitney President David Haas shared the company’s latest innovations on aircraft engine technology, and Haas and Marantis discussed the importance of engine exports to the local economy.