MELBOURNE/ORLANDO Aviation-defense firm Thales is expanding with a target of 500 net new jobs by 2021. Headquartered in France, Thales is a global leader in the aerospace, transport, defense and security markets.
TITUSVILLE/ORLANDO A significant presence in East Central Florida for 60+ years, Lockheed Martin is once again expanding here, creating up to 800 jobs at its Astrotech Space Operations site in Titusville and Missiles and Fire Control plant in south Orlando. And coming soon: about 300 Lockheed jobs from California to support testing and maintenance work for the U.S. Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile.
BREVARD COUNTY Three private aerospace companies are on track to deliver on projects announced in 2015-16:
• Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to build a hangar south of its Cape Canaveral launch sites, where recovered rocket boosters will be prepped for reuse.
• OneWeb Satellites broke ground in March 2017 on its estimated $85-million facility at Exploration Park near Kennedy Space Center; satellite production and testing are slated to begin by the end of 2017.
• Blue Origin, the rocket company created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, began site preparation in February 2017 for an orbital launch complex and rocket engine test stand at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station; a manufacturing and assembly plant for the rockets that are expected to fly by 2020 is under construction at Exploration Park.
MELBOURNE AeroMod International, the leader in aircraft maintenance, modification and repair services, relocated its headquarters from Detroit to Orlando Melbourne International Airport and created 150 jobs; another 100 jobs are expected in 2017.
MELBOURNE Harris Corporation has opened a new Global Innovation Center at its Melbourne campus to showcase technologies the Florida-based firm has developed for the military, first responders and commercial airlines.
TITUSVILLE Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer opened its $3.5-million Aero Seating Technologies manufacturing facility in September 2017.
The Boeing Company | Orlando, Titusville
Harris Corp. | Melbourne
Lockheed Martin | Orlando, Cape Canaveral
Northrop Grumman | Orlando, Melbourne
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Life Sciences/Health Care
CAPE CANAVERAL Comprehensive Health Services Inc. will move into a 63,000-sq.-ft. facility by the end of 2017 as it shifts operations from Virginia to its Brevard County headquarters and creates 150 jobs. The medical management services provider established its first Florida office in 1999.
MELBOURNE Eastern Florida State College has opened a Health Sciences Institute, offering programs leading to degrees and/or certificates in nursing, surgical technology, radiography, dental hygiene, medical coding, phlebotomy and more.
BREVARD COUNTY Florida Power & Light (FPL) expects to begin generating 74.5 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 15,000 homes — from its new Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center in March 2018. One of eight solar plants FPL is scheduled to open across Florida by spring 2018, Barefoot Bay will require neither water nor staff to operate. FPL’s first solar facility in Brevard County — the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center at Kennedy Space Center — has been operational since 2010.
PORT CANAVERAL In 2016, Canaveral Port Authority completed $137 million in projects, including renovations to increase passenger capacity at three cruise terminals. The port invested $44 million to widen and deepen the harbor and $15.2 million on improvements to cargo terminals. With 4.2 million passengers in 2016, Port Canaveral is the second-busiest cruise port in the world.
Brevard County, birthplace of America’s aerospace industry, attracts 11 patents for every 10,000 workers, according to the Brookings Institution. Florida Institute of Technology tied with Cornell and Carnegie Mellon among best universities in the U.S. for producing graduates employers want to hire.
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