PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire officials hoping to make the Seacoast region a hub for composites manufacturing are reaching out to aerospace and defense manufacturers in Canada.

Gov. Maggie Hassan will join the mayors of Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester and Somersworth at the Pease International Tradeport on Monday to sign letters to manufacturers in greater Montreal, where 98 percent of Quebec's aerospace activity is concentrated. The state, along with the four cities and the tradeport, are working together to develop the region as a composites manufacturing center. They hope to attract Canadian manufacturers and suppliers to expand here.

Representatives from the Canadian consulate in Boston also will attend, along with officials from Albany International, which makes airplane engine blades in Rochester.


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