Will Invest $50 Million To Establish Facility At MLB
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 05.13.08 1700
EDT: It's official! Embraer announced Tuesday it plans to
invest an estimated US$ 50 million for the establishment of a new
facility in the United States dedicated to its executive jets
business. The new 150,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility
will house a final assembly line, the first for Embraer in the U.S.
It will be capable of producing both the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300
executive jet models, as well as a paint shop and a delivery and
customer design center.
The announcement followed a high-level meeting involving
Melbourne mayor Harry Goode, Florida Governor Charlie Crist,
Enterprise Florida, and other state and local officials.
After a rigorous and thorough site selection process, the
preferred location for the project is Melbourne International
Airport, in Melbourne, Florida, which best satisfies all applicable
operational requirements and strategies. A Memorandum of Intent has
been executed between all of the necessary parties, and a final
decision is predicated on approval by the State and local
Embraer expects to create approximately 200 skilled positions by
2011. These will be necessary to operate all aspects of the
facility, including aircraft assembly, production planning,
logistics and quality, aircraft interior design, corporate
administration, engineering, and aircraft painting, delivery, and
flight testing functions.
"Developing this new facility will allow Embraer to respond to
the growing demands of its executive jets business and reaffirms
our commitment to meet and exceed customer requirements and
expectations," said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President
& CEO. "We are very excited and confident that our new
location, in Melbourne, Florida, will be a successful step and a
special milestone for the Company. We look forward to working with
local officials to finalize the proposal and begin the development
of this new facility."
"We welcome Embraer as a key player in Florida’s expanding
aviation sector," Governor Crist said. "With this announcement, the
Sunshine State again demonstrates its ability to attract
world-class companies able to compete in the competitive global
1200 EDT: A meeting scheduled for Tuesday in
Melbourne, FL may lead to Brazilian planemaker Embraer locating a
showroom and production facility for its upcoming Phenom 100 and
300 light jets in the Sunshine State.
Florida Today reports Governor Charlie Crist will discuss
details of the $41 million deal with executives from Embraer. The
meeting comes following weeks of closed-door discussions between
the two sides.
The first phase of the plan would include building a assembly
facility on a 15-acre site at Melbourne International Airport,
according to sources. As many as 200 jobs would be created by the
new plant, which could be operational by January 2010.
Embraer wants $1.8 million in economic incentives to secure the
deal... and local officials are reportedly eager to talk, as the
new jobs would carry an average annual wage of $50,000 -- close to
$11,000 higher than current average wages in Brevard County.
Last month, Embraer's Phenom 100 very-light-jet made its first
appearance in the United States, undergoing cold-soak testing in
the climate lab at Eglin Air Force Base (above).