Brazil-based Embraer Aircraft Holding, a manufacturer of aircraft for commercial, agricultural and executive aviation, in addition to defense and security support, began construction on a $50 million, 67,000 square foot, Engineering and Technology Center, which will bring 200 jobs to Melbourne, Florida over the next five years.
“As we continue to create a better business climate, we are also bringing more jobs to Florida,” Governor Rick Scott said. “These 200 new jobs mean more families will be able to bring a 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.” While the Governor said his job creation and economic development agenda contributed to the state being able to attract the firm, information on whether tax incentives were provided was not immediately available.
Embraer’s Engineering and Technology Center at Melbourne International Airport will conduct research and development for both product and technology across its business lines. When considering where to locate their new center, Embraer officials said they looked to the availability of green field start-up land and the proximity to established operations, along with a state and local pro-business climate.
“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.”
Along with Embraer’s $50 million capital investment to the area, they plan to partner with universities and other educational institutions in the U.S. and in Florida to develop programs of mutual benefit. The vast majority of employees are expected to be hired locally.