AL: Airbus to Boost Production Rate at Mobile Facility, Adding 275 Jobs
13 Jan, 2020
Airbus says it plans to boost the production rate of its A320 aircraft at its plant in Mobile, Ala., from five to seven per month by the start of 2021. The move will result in the addition of 275 employees at the Mobile facility over the next year. Airbus added 600 new jobs at the Alabama site in 2019.
The production rate increase will help Airbus meet its goal of building 63 A320-family aircraft per month at its four assembly sites in 2021. Considering plans already in place for the production of four A320s per month in Mobile by the middle of the decade, Airbus expects to assemble more than 130 aircraft in the U.S. each year.
“We have invested more than $1 billion in Mobile because of the terrific team of employees there—and because of the support and welcome we continue to receive from the Gulf Coast community and state and congressional leaders like Senator Richard Shelby, who has been with us from the beginning,” said Airbus Americas CEO Jeffrey Knittel. “We look forward to building on that strong relationship with our neighbors. This goes beyond jobs to include our support of education initiatives and future workforce development that will positively impact the community for decades to come along the Gulf Coast.”
Airbus opened the Mobile plant—its first U.S.-based commercial aircraft assembly facility—in 2015. Since then the factory’s workforce has grown from some 250 to more than 1,000 by the end of last year. By the end of 2020, Airbus expects that number to grow to 1,300.
Airbus now employs about 4,000 people at 38 locations in 16 U.S. states. Among its other facilities in the U.S., Airbus operates an engineering center in Kansas; training facilities in Florida and Colorado; materials support and headquarters in Virginia; a think tank (A3) in California; a drone data analysis business in Georgia; helicopter manufacturing and assembly facilities in Texas and Mississippi; and a satellite manufacturing facility (OneWeb Satellites) in Florida. Over the last three years, the company claims to have spent nearly $50 billion in the U.S. with more than 450 U.S. suppliers, supporting more than 275,000 American jobs.
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