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Titusville, FL, September 19, 2016 – Embraer inaugurated a new 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility today for its premium seating solutions subsidiary, Embraer Aero Seating Technologies (EAST), in the City of Titusville, Florida. The operation will soon start production of seats dedicated to the company’s business and commercial aviation products, including the seats for the first class cabin of its next generation commercial aircraft family, the E-Jets E2.

The ceremony included Brevard County and Titusville officials, in addition to Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has been involved with this project since first announcing it in June of 2015, at the 51st International Paris Air Show, and participating in the Groundbreaking ceremony just one year ago in September of 2015.

Embraer’s partners on this project include Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, and the North Brevard Economic Development Zone.

The EAST facility represents Embraer’s forth expansion project on the Space Coast since the company announced its intentions to assemble executive jets in Florida in 2008. Embraer’s facilities, combining Melbourne and Titusville, now total approximately 500,000 square feet, comprised of production, engineering, sales, customer support, and administrative offices.

“Having spent nearly 50 years designing and developing aircraft for various markets, Embraer recognizes the distinct importance of the aircraft seat, the ultimate customer touch point. That’s why we made the strategic decision to bring this expertise in-house,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer President & CEO.

Florida Governor Rick 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 they have many projects in Brevard County and have created over 1,000 jobs throughout Florida. We will continue to keep working to make Florida the most business friendly state by cutting taxes and eliminating burdensome regulations.”

“I want to thank Embraer for their continued growth and commitment to Florida,” said Crystal Sircy, Executive Vice President and COO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “When you have a global leader like Embraer consistently selecting your state for these types of job creation projects, it helps us demonstrate Florida’s position as a leader in the aerospace and aviation industry.”

“Embraer’s fourth major capital investment project in Brevard County is a testament to our thriving business climate,” stated Jim Barfield, District 2, Commissioner and Chairman of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, “The company’s continuous selection of Brevard County advances our leadership role in the aerospace sector.”

“Embraer continues to invest in our community amid a competitive market,” stated Lynda Weatherman, President and CEO of the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast. “To remain a global leader in business attraction and retention, we cannot be complacent.  When we remain vigilant in our approach the result of our efforts are realized when companies like Embraer bring economic growth to our community.”

“With the retirement of the shuttle program, our region needed a competitive tool that would enable us to achieve a true renaissance,” stated Brevard County Commissioner District 1 Robin Fisher. “The North Brevard Economic Development Zone was created to enhance business investment in the north Brevard area.  To see a company like Embraer, establish a presence in Titusville is the intentional result of strategy, diligence and vision.” Fisher continued, “You will see more of this type of collaboration coming from north Brevard.  I’m proud to say it’s working just as it was designed to.  This project is Your Zone Dollars at Work”

Hiring has commenced for the Titusville location, with positions available in management, quality control, upholstery and assembly.  Candidates are encouraged to apply online at www.embraer.com.

About EAST

Embraer completed its acquisition of Aero Seating Technologies in June, 2015, creating a wholly owned subsidiary called Embraer Aero Seating Technologies (EAST). Embraer progressively acquired its ownership stake in the company, beginning in 2011. With headquarters in Irwindale, California, EAST provides premium seating solutions for the aviation industry, featuring high quality, ergonomic comfort and lightweight construction, with innovative designs and features for the ultimate cabin experience. The new 50,000 square foot facility in Titusville, Florida, is dedicated to manufacturing aircraft seats for Embraer’s business and commercial aviation products, including the first class seats for Embraer’s next generation family of commercial aircraft, the E-Jets E2.

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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded $13,235,000 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order 0014 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) to fabricate, assemble, integrate and install 17 Dual Satellite Communication kits on E-2D AHE aircraft. Additionally, this order provides for the verification of associated technical directives (one airframe change, three avionic changes) and an operational checkout of the capabilities. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Florida (23.2 percent); Menlo Park, California (18.4 percent); Boulder, Colorado (16.3 percent); Herndon, Virginia (16.3 percent); St. Augustine, Florida (11.6 percent); Ronkonkoma, New York (8.7 percent); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (1.8 percent), and various location throughout the continental U.S. (3.7 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2020. Fiscal 2015 and 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,559,992 are being obligated at time of award; none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Hundreds of Harris employees helping out United Way of Brevard and the Children’s Hunger Project. Video by Tim Shortt. Posted 9/28/16.

Harris Corp. workers, as they have in the past, did their part Wednesday to help fight hunger in Brevard County.

About 400 employees of the company were in Palm Bay, home of the Harris Technology Cengter, to kick off the Harris’ 2016 United Way of Brevard County campaign. Harris crews put together 12,500 food packs to feed hungry families in the community.

The event  benefits the Children’s Hunger Project, which sends food packs home with Brevard students each Friday to avoid childhood hunger over the weekends. The goal is to help make sure the students return to school on Mondays with full stomachs and a healthier  foundation for learning.

Wednesday’s event  is part of the Harris Employees Actively Responding Together, or HEART, which coordinates employees and volunteer events for maximum effectiveness. Harris employees were the lead contributors to last year’s United Way of Brevard campaign, donating a total of $1.37 million and marking the 10th time the effort topped the $1 million mark.

Harris, a satellite and communications company is headquartered in Melbourne and one of the county’s top employers.

For more information about the Children’s Hunger Project go towww.thechildrenshungerproject.org

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3.4 billion years ago meteors struck Mars, causing tsunamis that changed the shape of a coastline surrounding one of its oceans. According to researchers, the tsunami’s waves would have been as high as the Great Pyramid of Giza. USA TODAY

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will officially launch “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species” on Tuesday, September 27, when gives a keynote speech at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Musk stated at the Code Conference in June 2016 that when he first established Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) in 2002, the prime mission of the company was to colonize Mars.

When asked if he would unveil his timetable for colonizing the “Red Planet” at this year’s international satellite and rocket convention, he replied, “That’s the game plan — approximately 2024 to launch the first of the Mars colonial transport systems with people.”

Musk acknowledged that the company is already developing a giant rocket, larger than the Saturn 5 moon rocket or the Space Launch System currently being pursued by NASA. But he has been tight-lipped about the design of the new rocket, and the location of its factory and launch base to make his dream a reality.

SpaceX has not quantified the cost of what many still think is Musk’s Martian madness. But he has said that SpaceX will need “a lot of money” for the project to come from revenues earned through lucrative contracts with NASA, the U.S. military, and commercial communications customers.

As the highly anticipated keynote speaker for the second day of the conference, Musk promises he will detail the long-term technical challenges that the company needs to resolve in order to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. He also will focus on potential opportunities for industry, government and the scientific community to collaborate.

Breitbart News noted in April of this year that SpaceX made a disruptive advance for space travel by launching a first-stage booster rocket into space, then landing the burnt out 14-story-tall rocket on a floating drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Over the next 5 months, SpaceX replicated the booster recovery landings three more times.

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell estimated that creating a reliable and reusable fist-stage rocket would only cost $40 million, net of $1 million in refueling and $3 million in refurbishment, versus the current $55 million cost of a single shot rocket.

However, SpaceX recently suffered a costly launch failure, while Musk’s Tesla Motors electric vehicles and SolarCity energy-storage products are being buffeted by significant headwinds and blowing through massive amounts of cash in a quest to build a “Gigafactory” in the Nevada desert. Purported to be the largest factory in the world, the partners are racing to produce enough batteries to support the launch of Tesla’s Model 3 mass-market car and SolarCity’s stand-by electric utility back-ups.

As chief executive officer of Tesla and the chairman and largest shareholder of SolarCity, Musk announced in early August that cash-rich Tesla would bid over $2 billion to acquire the heavily indebted SolarCity Corp. The deal has caused tremendous shareholder angst over potential insider conflicts and corporate governance risks.

The Securities & Exchange Commission recently opened an investigation into the transaction’s shareholder “fairness.” Premier short seller Jim Chanos has criticized the proposed merger as a “walking insolvency.”

Musk may be half genius and half unrealistic dreamer. But he is also one of the most relentlessly determined entrepreneurs in the history of the planet, and, perhaps soon, in the history of the universe.

When one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets loaded with a Facebook communications satellite on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida suffered a catastrophic explosion on September 1, Musk seemed unfazed by the loss of a $300 million satellite. He simply commented that from a technical perspective the disaster was “[t]urning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years.” Article by Chriss W. Street

This economic impact study shows a double return than 16 years ago. Although impressive, Donovan points out that it will be out of date as soon as Northrop Grumman completes hiring the necessary workforce to support its B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber development contract.

This economic impact study shows a double return than 16 years ago. Although impressive, Donovan points out that it will be out of date as soon as Northrop Grumman completes hiring the necessary workforce to support its B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber development contract.

Northrop Grumman – Planning to grow its campus at Melbourne International Airport by more than 700,000 square feet and 1,900 new employees to fulfill a multibillion-dollar contract with the U.S. Air Force to develop long-range bombers.

Lockheed Martin – Adding 130 workers in 2017 to support its role in the U.S. Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile program.

Florida Ranks…

  • 70,000+ active duty military personnel
  • 2nd among U.S. states for space and defense systems manufacturing
  • 2nd among U.S. states for aerospace products and parts manufacturing
  • 7th among U.S. states in Department of Defense contract awards
On December 21, 2015, Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first company to successfully launch a rocket into orbit and then fly it safely back to Earth. The historic event, which is seen as a key step toward making space travel commercially viable, took place just 10 minutes after SpaceX’s Falcon rocket took off from Cape Canaveral with a load of small satellites for a commercial customer.

On December 21, 2015, Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first company to successfully launch a rocket into orbit and then fly it safely back to Earth. The historic event, which is seen as a key step toward making space travel commercially viable, took place just 10 minutes after SpaceX’s Falcon rocket took off from Cape Canaveral with a load of small satellites for a commercial customer.

 

INDUSTRY SECTORS

Aviation/Aerospace/Defense

BREVARD COUNTY Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has opened a 236,000-sq.-ft. assembly facility in Melbourne for production of its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jet aircraft, and is constructing the new Embraer Aero Seating Technologies facility in Titusville. The firm plans to add 600 jobs over the next four years.

Workers inside Embraer plant

Workers inside Embraer plant

BREVARD COUNTY Lockheed Martin will add 130 workers to support its role in the U.S. Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile program in Cape Canaveral and create 300 additional jobs at its Astrotech Space Operations site in Titusville.

CAPE CANAVERAL Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has opened its Commercial Crew & Cargo Processing facility at Kennedy Space Center with the expectation of adding 550 jobs over the next year.

MELBOURNE Defense contractor Northrop Grumman expects to grow its campus at Melbourne International Airport by more than 700,000 square feet and 1,900 new employees as the result of a multibillion-dollar contract with the U.S. Air Force to develop long-range bombers.

MELBOURNE Following its acquisition of defense-industry competitor Exelis in 2015, Harris Corp. announced plans to maintain its corporate headquarters and two business units in Brevard County. Based in Florida since 1978, Harris has some 6,000 employees, more than half of them engineers and scientists.

VIERA Satcom Direct, a manufacturer of satellite voice and broadband services for flight decks and cabin communications, opened its new 42,000-sq.-ft. world headquarters building in October 2015.

Key Players

The Boeing Company | Orlando and Titusville
Harris Corp. | Melbourne
Lockheed Martin | Orlando and Cape Canaveral
Northrop Grumman Corp. | Orlando and Melbourne

It is rocket science In fall 2015, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos announced that Blue Origin, the company he started 15 years ago with dreams of opening space flight to all, will build reusable rockets in Brevard County, launch them from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and create 330 jobs.

It is rocket science In fall 2015, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos announced that Blue Origin, the company he started 15 years ago with dreams of opening space flight to all, will build reusable rockets in Brevard County, launch them from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and create 330 jobs.

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INDUSTRY SECTORS

Life Sciences/Health Care

MELBOURNE Medical laser device manufacturer Erchonia Corp. has relocated its operations from Texas, building a 20,000-sq.-ft. facility and creating 35 jobs. Erchonia’s products are used in the treatment of neck and shoulder pain as well as liposuction and non-invasive body contouring.

Logistics/Transportation

TITUSVILLE Florida East Coast Industries subsidiary Flagler Global Logistics has broken ground on a 320-acre logistics center as the first multimodal inland port facility serving Port Canaveral. The first tenant will be the Canaveral Port Authority itself, which will lease a 246,000-sq.-ft. warehouse.

PORT CANAVERAL Dubai-based port management and logistics company Gulftainer opened a 20-acre cargo terminal at Port Canaveral with an initial capacity of 200,000 containers. The company’s GT USA division announced the inauguration of a weekly container cargo service connecting Port Canaveral to Europe, the French West Indies and Central America with a focus on fresh produce and perishable cargo.

 

With more than 4 million passengers annually, Port Canaveral regularly ranks among the world’s top two or three busiest cruise ports. In August 2016, the port completed a $48.4-million expansion of its Cruise Terminal 5 to allow for handling ships carrying up to 3,500 passengers.

With more than 4 million passengers annually, Port Canaveral regularly ranks among the world’s top two or three busiest cruise ports. In August 2016, the port completed a $48.4-million expansion of its Cruise Terminal 5 to allow for handling ships carrying up to 3,500 passengers.

 

East Central

INDUSTRY SECTORS

Manufacturing

MERRITT ISLAND Global communications firm OneWeb plans to site a 100,000-sq.-ft. satellite manufacturing facility at Exploration Park, just south of Kennedy Space Center. Founded by technology entrepreneur and former Google executive Greg Wyler, OneWeb aims to create a global satellite-based communications network capable of delivering internet connectivity anywhere in the world. An estimated 250 high-tech manufacturing and engineering jobs are expected.

MELBOURNE Axyal, a French plastics and composites company, will open a North American sales office here with plans to expand into a design and manufacturing facility serving the aerospace, medical, railway and automotive industries.

PALM BAY Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, a leader in the development and manufacture of solid-state battery systems and lithium technology, will expand its operations into a 23,000-sq.-ft. facility and create 1,000 new jobs.

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LIFESTYLE

Tech-ready Brevard County, ground zero for Florida’s aerospace industry, attracts 11 patents for every 10,000 workers, according to the Brookings Institution. Across East Central, three high schools earned gold medals in U.S. News & World Report’s “2016 Best High Schools” ranking, and with 50 U.S. utility patents granted in 2015, the University of Central Florida placed 19th among U.S. public universities and 40th worldwide. In fiscal year 2016, UCF received a record $145.8 million in funded research, a gain of 9.3% over the previous year.

Attractions galore Topping the list of things to see and do in Florida’s east central region are theme parks. And with 20.5 million visitors in 2015, Disney’s Magic Kingdom remained the most visited theme park in America, followed closely by its Florida-based sister parks Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. In sixth place was Universal Studios Orlando, once again posting the biggest year-over-year attendance increase — 16%.

Beyond theme parks With 72 miles of Atlantic coastline, East Central Florida has plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. Cocoa Beach, home of the original Ron Jon Surf Shop, is a favorite of professional surfers. And just up the road near Titusville is the 24-mile Canaveral National Seashore, the longest undeveloped stretch of beachfront on Florida’s east coast. While you’re there, be sure to check out Merritt Island National Refuge, home to countless osprey and bald eagle nests and more than a dozen threatened or endangered species that don’t seem to mind the activity that accompanies a lift-off next door at the Kennedy Space Center.

Vroom, vroom ... Daytona International Speedway’s $400-million renovation of the track complex, dubbed “Daytona Rising,” was completed in time for the Daytona 500 in February 2016 — with 101,000 permanent seats plus 60 luxury suites with trackside views and a revamped hospitality area for corporate guests.

Vroom, vroom … Daytona International Speedway’s $400-million renovation of the track complex, dubbed “Daytona Rising,” was completed in time for the Daytona 500 in February 2016 — with 101,000 permanent seats plus 60 luxury suites with trackside views and a revamped hospitality area for corporate guests.

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Sims Crane & Equipment has opened a new location, the company’s 12th in the state, at 6855 Tico Rd. in Titusville, FL. By the end of the year, the Sims’ Space Coast office should support 11 employees with at least four crane units on site, according to a recent press release.

“We have long identified the Space Coast as a market we needed to service with a home base to become more involved with the aerospace industry and Port Canaveral,” said Dean Sims II, Sims Crane vice president of marketing. “Opening a full-service office in Titusville provides better local access to existing and potential clients, with faster emergency response time for after-hours work.”

The new Space Coast location, which opened August. 1, includes an acre of parking with room to accommodate additional cranes as needed. Cranes to be located at the Sims Space Coast office include new all-terrain cranes by Tadano: two 75-ton ATF 70G-4, a 110-ton ATF 100G-5, and a 240-ton ATF 200G-5.

Sims Crane tapped Chris Arnold, who has been located in the company’s Orlando office, to lead the team in Titusville.

“The new Sims office in Titusville is ideally located in the center of the Space Coast region and is easily accessible to all of Brevard and Volusia counties,” said Arnold. “With exciting new construction projects, like those related to both space exploration and expansion of the port, it was the right time to open a Sims Crane office here.”

The Sims Crane Titusville office is part of the company’s expansion strategy that also includes the acquisition of the nation’s largest fleet of Tadano all terrain cranes, the company said.

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This former United Space Alliance building at 8600 Astronaut Blvd. in Cape Canaveral could become the future home of a medical services and management company that wants to add 150 employees. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

This former United Space Alliance building at 8600 Astronaut Blvd. in Cape Canaveral could become the future home of a medical services and management company that wants to add 150 employees.
(Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

A medical services and management company is considering expanding in Cape Canaveral, creating 150 jobs in the process and making a $4.5 million capital investment.

The company — whose identity has not been disclosed — will come before the Brevard County Commission on Tuesday seeking initial support for a property tax break that would be worth as much as $19,292 a year for the next 10 years, or a total of $192,920 during the 10-year period.

The tax break would depend on the company meeting its goals for creating 150 jobs paying an average of $66,000 a year by the end of 2019, as well as making the capital investment at its proposed expansion site at a former United Space Alliance complex at 8600 Astronaut Blvd.

Even with the tax break, the company would pay $27,790 a year in new taxes, or a total of $277,900 over the 10-year period.

Documents filed with the county indicate that the company — which is going by the code name “Project Zeus” — has been in business since the 1970s. It opened its Florida office in the 1990s with three employees in a 500-square-foot office.

Now, the company had more than 1,000 employees, including 250 full-time employees in Florida. The company had revenue of more than $140 million in 2015, and projects its revenue will total $180 million this year and more than $200 million in 2018.

“Project Zeus is considering consolidating their Virginia and Florida operations in either location,” the company said in its filing. “Should the company move forward with a Cape Canaveral location, they would add 150 new employees to the Space Coast, which would include relocation 70 positions from their Virginia location.”

Additionally, those jobs could lead to 129 spinoff jobs, with a total annual payroll from the 279 direct and spinoff jobs of $14.73 million, according to an economic impact analysis prepared by the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

Project Zeus proposed making a $4 million renovation to the existing 63,000-square-foot building at 8600 Astronaut Blvd. in Cape Canaveral, then adding $500,000 in office equipment.

The now-unoccupied, two-story building is owned by a company controlled by Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral hotel owner Bob Baugher, according to Todd Morley, Cape Canaveral’s economic development director. Baugher also owns the Radisson Resort at the Port, at 8701 Astronaut Blvd., practically across the street from the proposed Project Zeus site.

Baugher uses the parking lots outside the 8600 Astronaut Blvd. building for off-site commercial parking geared to passengers of Port Canaveral cruise ships, Morley said.

The company behind project Zeus said the proposed tax break “would be of great benefit to the company’s growth and expansion efforts by allowing Project Zeus to better leverage its capital to increase efficiency, improve our cost structure and enhance our competitive position. It will enable us to keep Florida business in Florida, as well as expand our presence in Florida. Our current and future growth will continue to provide a positive and lasting impact on the Space Coast economy.”

The County Commission at its meeting on Tuesday will consider taking the preliminary step of qualifying Project Zeus as an eligible business under the county’s tax abatement program, and authorizing scheduling a public hearing to be held on Oct. 4 to consider adopting the tax exemption. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Brevard County Government Center Commission Room, Building C, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

Morley said he expects Project Zeus to also seek tax incentives from Cape Canaveral, potentially at the City Council’s Oct. 18 meeting.

Separately, Morley said the City Council at that meeting likely will consider modifying an existing development agreement between the city and owners of 8600 Astronaut Blvd., under which the owners agreed to develop a “port-of-call complex” at the site that would include a hotel with conference facilities, retail and restaurant facilities, and other consumer services. Morley said the modification likely would move the site of that complex to a nearby property in the city controlled by Baugher.

Morley said he believes city officials are “all on board” with the proposal, since the city would get both the new medical company jobs and the hotel/retail complex.

“We are very excited about the prospect of adding many new jobs to our city,” Morley said. “If we can get both, that’s what I call a win-win.”

Contact Berman at 321-242-3649 or dberman@floridatoday.com, on Twitter at @bydaveberman and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dave.berman.54

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott along with the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and dignitaries, celebrated the opening of Embraer’s fourth major facility in Brevard County today, during a ceremony at the 50,000 square foot Embraer Aero Seating Technologies in Titusville. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott along with the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and dignitaries, celebrated the opening of Embraer’s fourth major facility in Brevard County today, during a ceremony at the 50,000 square foot Embraer Aero Seating Technologies in Titusville. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

EXPECTED TO GENERATE 150 NEW JOBS

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Florida Gov. Rick Scott along with the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and dignitaries, celebrated the opening of Embraer’s fourth major facility in Brevard County today, during a ceremony at the 50,000 square foot Embraer Aero Seating Technologies in Titusville.

Premium seating solutions for various Embraer commercial and executive jet products will be designed, developed and produced at this new facility. This latest operation is expected to bring 150 new jobs to the north Brevard area with an average wage of $48,000 annually.

“Embraer’s new facility and their creation of 150 new jobs in Titusville is great news for Florida families,” said Scott.

“It is exciting that they have many projects in Brevard County and have created over 1,000 jobs throughout Florida. We will continue to keep working to make Florida the most business friendly state by cutting taxes and eliminating burdensome regulations.”

“Having spent nearly 50 years designing and developing aircraft for various markets, Embraer recognizes the distinct importance of the aircraft seat, the ultimate customer touch point,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer President & CEO.

Embraer is one of the world’s leading executive jet manufacturers, having entered the business aviation market in 2000 with the Legacy jet, which led to the launch of Embraer Executive Jets in 2005.

“That’s why we made the strategic decision to bring this expertise in-house. Embraer customers will soon enjoy the most advanced aircraft seating solutions in the industry, manufactured right here in Titusville, Florida.”

In 2008 Embraer made the decision to build a presence in Brevard County with the announcement of their Executive Jets Customer Center at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. Since then, the EDC along with state and local partners worked diligently with the company as they expanded their footprint to include EAST manufacturing facility in Titusville.

“I want to thank Embraer for their continued growth and commitment to Florida,” said Crystal Sircy, Executive Vice President and COO of Enterprise Florida, Inc.

“When you have a global leader like Embraer consistently selecting your state for these types of job creation projects, it helps us demonstrate Florida’s position as a leader in the aerospace and aviation industry.”

Embraer’s Aero Seating Technologies Facility was one of the initial projects supported by the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ).

“Embraer’s fourth major capital investment project in Brevard County is a testament to our thriving business climate,” stated Jim Barfield, District 2, commissioner and chairman of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners.

“The company’s repeated selection of Brevard County advances our leadership role in the aerospace sector.”

• 2011 – Opening of Embraer’s Executive Jets Customer Center, Orlando-Melbourne International Airport
• 2014 – Opening of Embraer’s Engineering and Technology Center, Orlando-Melbourne International Airport
• 2016 – Opening of Embraer’s Legacy 450/500 Assembly Facility, Orlando-Melbourne International Airport
• 2016 – Opening of Embraer Aero Seating Technologies, Spaceport Commerce Park – Titusville

Article by Space Coast Daily, Complete Article [ HERE ]