FAYETTEVILLE — Nearly 1,000 people attend the annual Defense Trade show in Fayetteville Tuesday. North Carolina senators discussed how connecting small businesses and military impacts our economy contributes to North Carolina's success.
Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr, Congressman Larry Kissell, and the North Carolina Military Business Center hosted the event. It was an opportunity to showcase the talent and companies in North Carolina that help support our nation's military.
"To me this shows that North Carolina is the state that defense contractors need to come to create jobs here in North Carolina to support our military,” said Sen. Hagan.
Senator Richard Burr said it is possible to increase the North Carolina economy simply by making sure that the partnership exists on base between North Carolina companies and North Carolina contractors in the military.
K2 Solutions is a company that could possibly make such a partnership occur. They are based in Southern Pines and offer several services such as canine training.
"We are able to acclimate to the heat that we would find overseas in various operations, also in sand, so we can also adjust to their pads, so these are safety precautions that these handlers are going to need overseas,” said Canine Trainer at K2 Solutions Neil Copeland.
Combat Medical Systems is based out of Fayetteville, and was started by former US Army Special Forces combat medic Corey Russ. He said their slogan, Simplifying Tactical Medicine says it all.
"We talk to soldiers almost every day that have used our equipment in combat and it is just an exciting feeling. I say that if you can't be the guy in the fight, you can be the guy equipping the guy in the fight and that's a pretty special responsibility,” said president of Combat Medical Systems Corey Russ.
North Carolina has the third largest military presence of any state in the country. This is the 11th year for the Defense Trade Show at Fayetteville Technical Community College.