Aerospace industry showcased at business after-hours event

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BRIDGEPORT. W. Va. (WDTV) -- Members of the aerospace industry got together Thursday to show the community just what they have to offer in North Central West Virginia.

The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center was the site for the Harrison and Marion Chambers of Commerce joint business after hours event.

It was meant to showcase the growth of the aviation industry in North Central West Virginia.

"The aviation industry is something that's just going to grow. There's going to be more and more people, whether it be for pilots, or mechanics or aviation specialists of any kind, so it just creates a lot of opportunity, close to home," said Rick Rock, director of the North Central West Virginia Airport.

"We have a marvelous training program that takes the citizens of West Virginia, provides them with the high technology training they need, to get jobs in this career field," said Thomas Stose, Director of the National Aerospace Education Center.

Major General Jim Hoyer was also at the event. He said this industry shows the true potential of the Mountain State. Hear him compare the tale of two cities and how this industry can mean big things for the state in the attached interview.