We continue to work through one of the most challenging economic periods in our history and we will never be satisfied as long as Delawareans are out of work. But job growth here is outpacing the nation and we have reasons to be optimistic about our future.
This week in Seaford we cut the ribbon on a new plant for Grayling Industries, owned by ILC Dover, the Frederica-based business known for manufacturing spacesuits for NASA and protection equipment for our troops. They are moving 115 quality jobs from Mexico to our state.
In a global economy, ILC Dover and Grayling Industries had many choices of where to expand, and it chose to ship all 85 pieces of its production lines more than two thousand miles to Sussex County. Our Economic Development Office provided some financial assistance with the new facility, but grants like that are just one piece of our plan to attract the jobs we want, like the high tech positions at GE Aviation in Newark, the hundreds of jobs planned at a poultry plant in Millsboro or the thousands being created in our financial sector.
I'm holding a series of town hall meeting to address our economic efforts, which include educating a quality workforce, making business costs affordable and having a high quality of life in our state. I'm also hosting these events to hear your input and I hope you'll join me at an upcoming town hall. You can find information at Delaware.gov. As analysts from the Federal Reserve have noted, our state is well positioned for decades of economic growth ahead. With a comprehensive plan that allows us to respond to job creators' needs, we'll keep Delaware moving forward.