Expected to create at least 50 jobs by 2016, officials said
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- A global aerospace supplier will open its first facility within the United States at the Melbourne International Airport this spring, which is expected to create at least 50 jobs by 2016, officials said.
Archo Solutions Engineering, which has common ownership with Solutions Designs & Engineering of Sao Paolo, Brazil, will establish design and engineering cables operations at the Florida Tech Research Park.
Officials said that this is intended to develop concepts and design engineering solutions for aeronautical, automotive and naval sector projects, as well as the production of cabling, avionics racks, electrical boxes, panels and wire harnesses.
The new jobs will pay an average of $50,000, and officials said that the company will invest more than $1 million in equipment at its new home at 1135 Nasa Blvd., at the airport.
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, said the company will begin moving into its facility at the Melbourne International Airport later this spring and begin hiring afterward.
Ms. Weatherman said the opening is a chance for technological innovation in Brevard County.
"In the near term, the establishment of Archo Solutions means 50 jobs and $1 million in capital investment for the Space Coast," she said in an email. "Beyond that, Archo's decision to expand here represents another key addition to our aviation industry, an industry the EDC and our partners have worked hard to grow."
Ms. Weatherman said the facility also provides an opportunity for a diverse economic market for the county.
"With the shuttle program now gone, and the space industry shifting toward a more commercial orientation, we knew other areas of our economy, whether aviation, electronics, defense or elsewhere, had to continue to grow," she said. "As we learned over the last few years, diversity is essential for a stable, healthy economy, and companies like Archo are allowing us to achieve that critical blend of industries."
Officials said that additional Archo operations, including project management, consultancy and growth in established segments, could also generate more jobs and increase capital investments for the future of Brevard County.
"Archo looked at many sites in the U.S. but has chosen Brevard County, and Melbourne specifically, mostly because of its community and the offer of qualified high-tech personnel," said Ivan Avila, Archo's chief operations officer, in a press release. "The Melbourne aerospace cluster plays a major role in the aeronautics, defense and aviation segments internationally, and Archo will position itself to further this role."
Officials said the company was also considering other sites in Florida and Texas before choosing the Space Coast as its new home.
"Archo Solution's decision to come to the Florida Tech Research Park at the Melbourne International Airport shows what can be accomplished when our community teams together," said John Thomas, assistant vice president for economic development and community affairs at Florida Tech, in a press release. "The EDC, airport, city of Melbourne, our elected officials and FIT all worked hand-in-hand to first bring this cutting-edge company here and to make their expansion from Brazil as seamless as possible. This is a significant step in our efforts to build and international aviation-aerospace community here in Melbourne."
The 2,400-acre research park was developed by Florida Tech with the Melbourne International Airport.
The company received state incentives and ad valorem tax abatements from Brevard County and the city of Melbourne.