By Chris Fish
TITUSVILLE -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast announced that a business expansion is coming to Titusville.
North American Surveillance Systems, Inc., has chosen Titusville's Space Coast Regional Airport as the site to expand and consolidate its fixed and rotary-wing aircraft business.
The company, which has a corporate office in Calverton, N.Y., as well as operational offices in Deland is said to create 20 manufacturing and engineering jobs, with an average wage of $75,000, during the next three years.
The company will also spend $1.3 million on land acquisitions and $380,000 on construction and equipment for manufacturing, research and design and office operations.
In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said that the expansion will create jobs and opportunities for Florida families.
"We have been working hard to create jobs, and, since I took office, more than 446,300 private-sector jobs have been created," he said. "Additionally, Florida's unemployment rate is down to 6.4 percent - the lowest it's been in more than five years. We will continue to work hard to create an opportunity economy in Florida that supports jobs for generations to come."
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC, echoed her enthusiasm for the expansion, stating that it is a sign of both Titusville's airport and Brevard County's aerospace industry growing.
"With its national and international roster of customers and reputation for highly skilled work, conducted efficiently and expertly, NASS mirrors the strengths of our aviation and aerospace segment on the Space Coast," she said. "The company's decision to relocate and expand here after a competitive process reinforces how the EDC, and our key partners, continue to work to grow our economy and make sure the business world understands the many strengths of our county."
In a press release, Titusville Mayor Jim Tulley said that he is excited for the business to come to the city.
"The city of Titusville is pleased that NASS is relocating its operations, including personnel and surveillance aircraft to Space Coast Regional Airport, a Florida Spaceport Territory," he said. "This significant aerospace project is enhanced by incentives from the city, as well a review and approval of a new 20,150-square-foot hanger by the city's Development Services Department within seven days of application. NASS has also executed a long-term lease of an adjoining 6,350-square-foot office and hanger. The client anticipates shortly commencing the construction of a new two-story, 11,000-square-foot office building to enhance its Titusville operations."
North American Surveillance Systems is a veteran-owned global leader in the modification of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, specializing in the installation of state-of-the-art electronic communications, navigation and surveillance systems, according to the company's website.