Long Island is a prominent part in the history of aviation. Roosevelt Airfield in Garden City was the home of many historic triumphs in early aviation like Charles Lindbergh’s historic nonstop flight from New York, to Paris France in 1927. Long Island was also a hub for major historic aerospace companies such as Republic Aviation, Sperry, Sikorsky, Fairchild and Grumman Aerospace Corporation, which was a primary producer of military and public aircraft in the 20th century. Floyd Bennett Field was the departing destination for numerous famous aviators, including Amelia Earhart. ADDAPT strives to preserve and continue the growth of such a rich history of aerospace and defense manufacturing on Long Island.ADDAPT hosts general membership meetings that include speakers on Federal, State, Local and Private “stackable support” to help manufacturers sustain and grow their businesses.Sign up to receive email updates of events and news or visit our events page.ADDAPT also publishes a quarterly newsletter to disseminate technical, marketing, financial, and topical subjects pertinent to our industries.

1. Supplier Management Council

The supplier Management Council is a unique forum where prime contractor company representatives and suppliers (of all sizes) come together to discuss supply chain issues and to develop solutions. Its mission is to integrate and focus the collective capabilities of the supply chain, at every level, to exert unique influence in the formation of strategy, policy, and regulations that enable the U.S Aerospace and Defense Industry to successfully compete in the global market, be profitable, and strengthen the U.S. position as a world leader. An Executive Committee of representatives leads the Supplier Management Council from prime contractor and supplier companies.

2. Workforce Pipeline

A highly skilled and robust manufacturing workforce is essential to both national security and economic prosperity. Despite this critical need, the American manufacturing sector faces impending retirements and a shortage of trained technical graduates, a situation that is forecasted to worsen within the decade. Some companies address this issue by outsourcing work around the globe. This is not a viable option for the Aerospace & Defense industry (U.S. security requirements) and it is a particularly dangerous game to play on a national scale as it leads to the loss of innovation including spin-off technologies and long-term economic sustainability. Thus the need for regionally developed technical talent is particularly acute to ensure a world‐class manufacturing workforce ready to lead in this economy.

3. Government Affairs Council

Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million men and women, contributes more than $1.8 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, and has the largest economic impact of any major sector. Long Island manufacturers support over 73,000 jobs and provide $4.6B in annual wages. ADDAPT is a strong voice supporting the manufacturing community and is a strong advocate for federal and state policy agendas that help manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs. Our advocacy is guided by asking members to identify regulatory requirements that impose unnecessary compliance burdens and for recommendations on business-friendly approaches. The Government Affairs Council focuses on planning an annual legislative agenda, identifying political speakers, and developing leverage to support our advocacy efforts.

4. NexGen Council

The National Science Foundation postulates that manufacturing can be rejuvenated in America if we can identify “what principles underlie the ability of a company to continuously change itself in response to the changing marketplace? That means figuring out adaptive, decision-making processes and software as well as manipulating materials and coming up with new machines for the factory floor.”

According to the NSF’s Next Generation Manufacturing report, a “next generation” manufacturer will need to transform itself from a twentieth-century-style company—one that functions as a sovereign, profit-making entity—into a twenty-first century company that is more of an extended enterprise with multiple and ever-shifting business partners. Or as Stephen R. Rosenthal, director of the Center for Enterprise Leadership, describes it, next-generation manufacturers should be companies that stretch from “the supplier’s supplier to the customer’s customer.”

Successful next-generation manufacturers, the NGM report concludes, will have to possess an integrated set of attributes. The company will need to respond quickly to customer needs by rapidly producing customized, inexpensive, and high-quality products. This will require factories that can be quickly reconfigured to adapt to changing production and that can be operated by highly-motivated and skilled knowledge workers. Workers organized into teams—both within and outside a company—will become a vital aspect of manufacturing. As participants in extended enterprises, next-generation companies will only undertake that part of the manufacturing process that they can do better than others, something industry calls “adding value.”

In addition to this next generation structure and approach, new materials, products and processes will play critical roles in the viability of our nation’s ability to remain a global manufacturing leader.

The NexGen Council will identify advances that match Long Island’s industrial footprint and workforce skills. These matches will then be included in ADDAPT’s legislative agenda, workgroups, and seminar series. A current example is ADDAPT’s engagement in several initiatives to promote full-platform drone production on Long Island.