On October 28, Consul General Micheli visited the town of Verkhnyaya Salda, Sverdlovsk Oblast, the home of the world’s leading titanium producer VSMPO – AVISMA. In Verkhnyaya Salda he toured the VSMPO plant and visited the successful Russian –American joint venture of VSMPO and the Boeing Corporation – Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM). UBM does the initial machining of VSMPO-produced titanium forgings that are used in the production of Boeing 787, 777 and 737 aircraft. The Consul General was impressed with the scale and innovation of the work at both VSMPO and UBM. In addition to his factory visit, the Consul General also opened a concert in Verkhnayay Salda given by the New York-based Eli Yamin Blues Band.