Congressman Pete King Visits GKN Aerospace Monitor Facility in Amityville
I have just completed a meeting and tour of the GKN Aerospace Monitor facility in Amityville. The national defense industry accounts for thousands of jobs on Long Island and is an important component of our local and regional economy. More importantly, of course, it provides our nation with the most effective air power in the world. GKN Aerospace plays a significant role in maintaining America's air superiority. We live in a very dangerous world and we must constantly be doing all that we can to ensure our advantage over any other country's fighter development programs. GKN, which has a current workforce of almost 350, manufactures a large number of complex aluminum and titanium structures for the airframe and engine of the F-35 Lightning II which is a supersonic, multi-role stealth fighter manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 will be far more effective than its predecessors in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, reconnaissance and suppression of air defenses. I have strongly supported the F-35 and recently voted to fund 74 F-35 aircraft which was eleven more than the 63 requested by President Obama. As Long Islanders and as Americans we should be proud of the work done by GKN and the other air defense companies on Long Island.