Monday, June 15, 2015

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott Announces Embraer Expansion In Titusville

TITUSVILLE, Florida - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced at the International Paris Air Show, that Embraer will construct a new building in the Spaceport Commerce Park in Titusville, Florida. The project, known locally as Project Eagle during the site selection process, will bring 150 new jobs to the area; with an average wage of $48,000 annually.

“Embraer’s footprint in Florida continues to grow and we are excited to announce this additional investment and creation of new jobs in our state,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “By removing the sales tax on manufacturing equipment last year, we are signaling to businesses across the world that Florida has a competitive advantage over other locations, and companies like Embraer know that our state is the best place to grow and create jobs. We are here in Paris today to share our success with companies from across the world, and we will continue to do all we can to make Florida the global destination for jobs.”

Embraer’s presence in Florida has expanded greatly in the last year. In September 2014, the company opened its Engineering and Technology Center in Melbourne. The $24.2 million Center will house 200 research and engineering professionals. One month later, the company broke ground on its new assembly facility where their Legacy 450 and 500 planes will be manufactured. The project will add 600 jobs and a capital investment of $15 million in the region.

Embraer acquired a California–based company which will operate as Embraer Aero Seating Technologies. The new facility will allow the company to expand its production of seating solutions for various Embraer products. 

“Our partnership with the state of Florida has been fundamental to our ability to serve the customers in our largest market,” said Embraer’s president and CEO, Frederico Curado. “With the support of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Brevard County, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ), we are proud to grow this operation to include the great state of Florida.” 

Last month, the NBEDZ voted to award “Project Eagle” $2,500,000 to offset the costs of constructing the new facility in Titusville, along with the provision of a suitably-sized county-owned lot in the park (approximating 15 acres) cleared and prepped for construction. “The availability of the incentives from NBEDZ were a significant factor in winning this competitive project,” stated George Mikitarian, NBEDZ Board Chairman. “The impact from this project will be seen in both North Brevard and throughout the County.”

“We are very pleased that Embraer chose to locate this facility in North Brevard and within the county-owned Spaceport Commerce Park in Titusville specifically,” said District 1 Commissioner Robin Fisher. “Through the combined efforts of the Economic Development Commission, the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ), and the City of Titusville we were able to land this deal in a competitive market. We now look forward to the creation of good-paying jobs for the area.”

Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies employing more than 87,000 skilled workers. Florida is a major hub for flight training; a leader in maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) operations; and home to leading manufacturers of all types of aircraft and components. Florida’s manufacturing sector has nearly 18,200 companies that employ more than 317,000 Floridians.
“The EDC and the NBDEZ worked together to provide a competitive package for this important Embraer job creation project. With the additional resources available through the NBEDZ, we were able to bring this opportunity into fruition,” said Lynda Weatherman, president & CEO of the EDC.