Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Groundbreaking for Embraer Legacy jet project set for next week

MELBOURNE -   Embraer Executive Jets at Melbourne International Airport said Tuesday that the groundbreaking for its Legacy 450 and 500 business jet assembly operation will take place Oct. 9.

Gov. Rick Scott, and other state and local officials, are scheduled to attend the 2-3:30 p.m. groundbreaking at 1205 General Aviation Dr., Melbourne International Airport.

The groundbreaking comes just weeks after the Sept. 8 official opening of Embraer’s Engineering & Technology Center USA at the airport.

Embraer already assembles the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 business jets at the airport, as well as operating a global customer center.

The Legacy is a larger business class jet and the company said when assembly is in full operation, the facility could employ 600 people.

At an aerospace/aviation forum at the Florida Institute of Technology Friday night, sponsored in part by FLORIDA TODAY, Phil Krull, managing director at Embraer Executive Aircraft Inc., said since the Brazilian jet manufacturer announced its intentions to locate in Melbourne 2008, it has hired about 300 local employees and 100 contractors.

That Phenom assembly operation, Krull said, has produced 80 aircraft, valued at more than $400 million.

“We look forward to welcoming more Brevard citizens into our family of employees,” Krull said, “and to strengthening our partnership with this generation as well as the next.”

- Source:   http://www.floridatoday.com

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