Melbourne, and Brevard County, took a big step forward Monday toward the goal of becoming a world-class aviation and aeronautics hub as Embraer opened its first Engineering and Technology Center at Melbourne International Airport.
So far, Embraer has hired 70 engineers for the 75,000 square foot center, with an inital focus on aircraft interiors. The aircraft manufacturer plans to hire at least 130 more in the next two years for the center at Melbourne International Airport, where Embraer operates a global customer center and also assembles the company’s Phenom 100 and 300 business jets.
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The Melbourne Airport Authority on Wednesday voted 7-0 to approve a new lease with Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc., that will lead to the jet maker’s expansion into a new assembly line of business aircraft from Melbourne International Airport. Embraer and local officials have spent more than a year working out the details to make the expansion possible.
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The Melbourne Airport Authority has scheduled a special meeting on Wednesday where it’s likely to spin off on an agreement with Embraer Executive Aircraft Inc. and its plans to assemble the Legacy class of jets at Melbourne International Airport.
The expansion by the Brazilian jet maker’s U.S. division, which already assembles the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 business jets at Melbourne International, could mean 600 manufacturing jobs paying an annual average wage of $55,000 by 2019. Read the full article.