29 November 2012

Brazil-based Embraer breaks ground on $24 million Engineering and Technology Center USA in Florida

- 63,500-square-foot facility at Melbourne International Airport 
- Generate 200 engineering jobs by the end of 2016 
- Center financed, built, owned & operated by Space Florida for Embraer 

Brevard County, Fla. – 28 November 2012 –Florida Governor Rick Scott and representatives from Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast joined local, national and international dignitaries in a groundbreaking today on the $24 million Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA at Melbourne International Airport. 

The 63,500-square-foot facility, which will generate 200 engineering jobs by the end of 2016, adds to Embraer’s economic impact across the Space Coast and its growing footprint at the airport, which is also home to the company’s final assembly plant and customer center. Those two facilities, a combined 138,000 square feet, represent a capital investment of more than $50 million. 

“As we continue to create a better business climate, we are also bringing more jobs to Florida,” Governor Scott said. 

“Breaking ground on the newest facility at our growing aeronautical cluster in Melbourne is an important milestone for Embraer on its path to becoming a truly global company,” said Gary Spulak, president of Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc. “This latest achievement is a testament to the close partnership we have with the State of Florida and economic development authorities on the Space Coast and Melbourne, without which this aviation campus would not have been possible." 

Space Florida, Enterprise Florida, the EDC and their coalition partners have worked with Embraer since the Brazil-based company considered coming to the Space Coast more than four years ago. 

“Embraer reflects the type of company that will keep Florida’s aerospace-related economic engine running into the foreseeable future,” said Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello. 

The Embraer Engineering & Technology Center USA will be financed, built, owned and operated by Space Florida for Embraer. The EDC worked closely with Embraer and state and local officials to develop a competitive and comprehensive local incentive package. 

The EDC has had a window seat to Embraer’s dynamic growth on the Space Coast, from its first-ever North American assembly operation, which opened in February 2011 at Melbourne International Airport, to this $24 million Engineering and Technology Center we are thrilled to help get under way today,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. 

Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. 

Source: Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast