FL: Embraer Breaks Ground on 150-New-Job Aero Seating Technologies Facility
14 Sep, 2015
Embraer, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial jets, is creating 150 jobs and making a $3.5 million capital investment in Titusville on Florida’s Space Coast. The company broke ground on its new Aero Seating Technologies facility, which will house the design, development and production of its executive jet seating solutions.
Governor Scott said, “Embraer’s new facility and their creation of 150 new jobs in Titusville is great news for Florida families. It is exciting that this is their fourth project in Brevard County and it’s clear that Embraer continues to choose Florida because of our low-tax, business-friendly environment. We must continue to fund Enterprise Florida so we can attract companies like Embraer, compete with other states, and create more jobs for Florida families.”
“The new Embraer Aero Seating Technologies facility in Titusville will enable us to offer our customers the most advanced seating products and is further testament to the success of our partnership with the great state of Florida,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President & CEO. “We are honored 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), and we are proud to continue to build upon this foundation of vision and trust.”
This marks the start of the fourth Brevard County-based facility for the international jet manufacturer and it’s first within the city of Titusville. It is also the first major expansion project to take place within the aerospace focused Spaceport Commerce Park in northern Brevard County.
“Embraer’s continued commitment to Florida is incredibly important and we thank them for being a tremendous partner and job creator,” said Bill Johnson, Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Embraer’s success and growth helps us tout Florida’s position as a global leader in aviation. We look forward to working with our partners to secure funding for our toolkit so that we can continue to attract global companies like Embraer.”
“Embraer’s growth shows that Florida remains a top destination for the aerospace and manufacturing industries,” said Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Thanks to the Scott Administration’s pro-growth, low-tax policies, individuals and families in Brevard County and the Space Coast will have more opportunities through these kinds of business expansions.”
Embraer’s presence in Brevard County continues to grow year after year. The company has already invested over $50 million in capital investment in established buildings in the county. In 2011, an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing and assembly building and associated paint facilities were opened for Embraer’s Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft, and later that year, a 58,000-square-foot customer delivery center was added. Last year, another project for Embraer, a high-tech Engineering and Technology Center, was completed and brought with it the addition of 200 engineers and supporting personnel. That was followed by the announcement of a new production facility for its larger Legacy jets, a project currently underway at its Melbourne campus.
“The caliber of jobs and the product being manufactured in Titusville will add to the county’s position as an industry leader. The hard work from the EDC, NBEDZ and the City of Titusville is unfolding before our eyes and it is very exciting to be a part of it all.” said District 1 Commissioner, Robin Fisher.
“This is more than a celebration; it’s a milestone,” said Lynda Weatherman, President of Florida Space Coast EDC. “This global aviation leader will now have operations in not one, but two Space Coast communities. While one site might have been a better fit for Embraer at the start of their search in 2008, consistent marketing of the entire county has led to this important announcement for Titusville many years later. It’s an important reminder, and success story, of the work of the EDC to build upon past achievements.”
“The entire community is proud to welcome Embraer to Titusville, and most importantly, we know we have a plan that works,” said George Mikitarian, President of the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ). “The mission of the NBEDZ has always been to attract companies to North Brevard that want to take advantage of a highly trained, available workforce and infrastructure that supports high-tech pursuits. While we won’t stop here, today, we’re proud to say mission accomplished.”
Embraer is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.embraer.com.br