By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Kennedy Space Center will further its push toward becoming a part of the commercial aerospace industry by the opening of an aviation safety company this year.
BRS Aerospace will open a research-and-development operation for its global market in a former shuttle facility at Kennedy Space Center, officials from the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast announced on July 19.
"We are excited to announce that BRS Aerospace has chosen to open a research-and-development operation on the Space Coast," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in a press statement. "Our Policies for Florida families and businesses to succeed are working. Florida's unemployment rate is below the national average, and we've created more than 330,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010."
BRS Aerospace, a Miami-based company, will be located at the former Parachute Repack Facility at KSC, investing $7.4 million during three years on equipment and renovation projects.
Officials said the facility will be used to research and develop activities for parachute deployment, including commercial space applications.
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, said the expansion is a huge win for Brevard County.
"BRS gets a location at the heart of Brevard County's evolving and active post-shuttle aerospace industry, while KSC further establishes its standing as a viable commercial center," she said. "And the Space Coast gets a company that exemplifies our technological curiosity and R&D strengths, while adding more than 30 jobs to our economy."
The company is expected to create 34 jobs by three years and will pay an average salary of $62,100.
"We are positioning BRS Aerospace for its next phase of growth into the space system market," said Larry E. Williams, BRS Aerospace president and CEO, in a press release. "This opportunity calls for additional facilities to support our expansion and the NASA facilities help us immediately optimize operations."
Officials said that the company will hire workers with experience in aerospace engineering and management.
For more information, visit BRSparachutes.com.