Exporting: America Helps Build the 'Bus

U.S. suppliers are being enlisted to help Europe build the world's largest passenger jet

Down a dead-end street in Canoga Park, Calif., just north of Los Angeles, sits the only factory--you could call it the Global Headquarters--of Faber Enterprises, where 110 workers make precision metal fittings for the hydraulic lines in airplanes. The sun-baked, white facility, nearly the size of a football field, is run so frugally that there is no receptionist, just a phone by the door. But according to the European airplane manufacturer Airbus, this is a world-class shop. Airbus has signed up Faber, which has made fittings for Boeing, to make them for its newest aircraft, the A380.

Faber is not alone....

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