Company projected to create 200 engineering jobs by 2016
By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined representatives from the Space Coast for the groundbreaking of the new, $24 million Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA at the Melbourne International Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Gov. Scott was joined by representatives from the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast and Space Florida.
According to the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, the 63,500-square-foot facility will generate 200 engineering jobs by the end of 2016. The airport is also home to the company's final assembly plant and customer center.
Embraer is a Brazilian aerospace conglomerate that produces commercial, military and executive aircraft. The Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA will financed, built, owned and operated by Space Florida for Embraer.
In a press release, Gov. Scott said the new facility continues to make the state of Florida an ideal place for businesses.
"As we continue to create a better business climate, we are also bringing more jobs to Florida," he said. "These 200 new jobs mean more families will be able to bring a new paycheck home, and, although our work isn't done, we'll continue to work to grow jobs, so every Florida family can enjoy the American dream."
In an email, Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, said the company has been working on the new center since late 2011.
"We joined our partners, including Enterprise Florida, Space Florida, Melbourne International Airport and the city of Melbourne, and, together, we worked with Embraer on incentives, location, financing and other facets of the project," she said.
Ms. Weatherman said the new center indicates that there is more to Brevard than just the space program.
"As companies with international visibility expand on the Space Coast, their commitment to our community is a very public vote of confidence in the efforts we are making to move beyond the end of the Space Shuttle Program and diversify our economy," she said. "The Economic Development Commission and our coalition have worked to ensure the Space Coast moves forward with opportunities for strong job growth and capital investment at existing companies and those looking to relocate."
New Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan said it has been rewarding to watch the relationship between Melbourne and the company grow through the years.
"Melbourne has been extremely fortunate to be in a position to land and build upon an excellent partnership with Embraer, a world-class company," she said in a press release. "The success of this partnership is a testament to the collaboration and business savvy of many here in Brevard County, as well as the state of Florida, but, most importantly, to the efforts and vision of Embraer. We are amazed and awe-struck, and that takes a lot."