By Portland Business Journal

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Lockeâ¿¿s trip to India next month could boost business for three regional companies tied to the energy and defense sectors.

Locke will lead a delegation of 24 companies to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to highlight export opportunities for U.S. businesses in the areas of civil-nuclear trade, defense and security, civil aviation and information and communications technologies.

The contingent includes three companies connected to the Portland region:

  • Wilsonville-based FLIR Systems Inc., which makes infrared cameras and systems used in defense and security applications.
  • Vancouver, Wash.-based nLight Corp., a maker of semiconductor lasers used across several industries, including medical and defense.
  • NuScale Power Inc., a Corvallis-based company with offices in Portland that is working to commercialize a small-scale nuclear reactor using technology developed at Oregon State University.

In November, Locke joined President Obama on a similar trip to India in which U.S. companies reached around $10 billion in deals with the Indian private sector, collectively supporting around 50,000 U.S. jobs. U.S. exports to India grew 17 percent in 2010.

⿿The business leaders joining me on this mission see the great potential to sell their goods and services to India, helping drive innovation and create jobs in both countries,⿝ Locke said Friday in a news release.

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