Fri, Dec 05, 2008
First US Assembly Plant For Brazilian Planemaker
Embraer broke ground Thursday on its first US aircraft assembly
plant and customer center at Florida's Melbourne International
Airport. Present at the ceremony were Florida Governor Charlie
Crist, Melbourne City Mayor Harry Goode, and other distinguished
State and local officials manning ceremonial shovels, along with
Embraer President & CEO Frederico Fleury Curado.
The Brazilian planemaker tells ANN the new facility will be
dedicated to its executive jet business and is scheduled for
completion in 2010. When full capacity is reached, up to eight
Phenom business jets will be produced every month at the
The Melbourne plant will also become Embraer's Executive Jets
Customer Center for the configuration of the Phenom, Legacy and
Lineage jets. Customers will be able to design their executive
jet's interior with the use of high-end 3D visualization
technology, supported by a showroom with a vast collection of
interior finishing materials.
"Today's groundbreaking celebrates a milestone for Embraer, by
launching its first US assembly plant, devoted to the executive jet
business," said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President and CEO.
"We are excited to begin building our Melbourne facility,
strengthening our presence in the great State of Florida, which
dates back to 1979."
"As Florida continues to emerge as a leader in the American
aviation industry, we're proud to celebrate this achievement for
our state, which is a big win in our economic development plan,"
added Crist. "The growth of Embraer in Florida demonstrates the
strength of our aviation sector and highly skilled workforce. I
congratulate everyone involved in advancing this project to where
we are today."
The 150,000-square-foot facility will house a final assembly
line capable of producing both the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300
executive jets, as well as a paint shop and a delivery and customer
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