Kristin Hedger named to aerospace industry group

Faith Harron Dec 23, 2016

Kristin Hedger, an executive for family-owned Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing Inc. in western North Dakota, has been named as a member of an aerospace industry advocacy group sponsored by Boeing Co.

Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing is the only U.S. small business invited to join the group of aerospace industry suppliers. The committee has 13 members, including Hedger, KMM’s vice president for business development.

Hedger said the group will advocate for increased U.S. aerospace sales abroad and support the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which is a key source of financing for commercial aerospace deals overseas. Hedger organized an event in Washington, D.C., to successfully push for congressional renewal of the bank’s business operations.

She is also founder and president of the Dakota Defense Alliance, a nonprofit independent of KMM that aims to help North and South Dakota companies do business with the Pentagon. She said the network of parts and service suppliers maintained by Boeing and other larger aerospace manufacturers aids in creating jobs, prosperity and economic diversification in North Dakota and across the country.

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