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L-3 Crestview Aerospace Invests More Than $13.7 Million To Expand Aircraft Manufacturing At Bob Sikes Airport in Florida

Area Development Online News Desk (12/20/2012)
L-3 Crestview Aerospace plans to create 340 jobs during the next two years through the expansion of their aircraft manufacturing operations in Okaloosa County, Florida.

L-3 CA, a division of L-3’s Integrated Systems Group, is a provider of aerostructure fabrication and assembly and aircraft modification. Gov. Rick Scott said the project marks an investment of more than $13.7 million, which include $7 million in facilities upgrades and the retrofit of hangar space at Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview, Florida.

“We’re a vertically integrated, one-stop shop for detail parts fabrication and machining through end-item aerostructure assemblies and fixed- and rotary-wing modifications,” said Jeff Barger, L-3 CA’s vice president and general manager. “The continued growth of our facility and workforce increases our capacity to provide high-quality aerostructure fabrication and aircraft modification services to our existing and new customers.”

Governor Scott added, “I am proud they are continuing to help Florida’s families with the creation of 340 more jobs. Florida is an aviation and aerospace leader because of the growth and innovation of businesses like L-3 CA. These are hundreds of jobs that will positively impact Florida’s communities, and is a great sign of Florida’s growing economy.”

“As one of Okaloosa County’s top employers, the Economic Development Council has been honored to assist L-3 Crestview Aerospace on their business expansion needs,” said Kay Rasmussen, interim president for the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County. “Larry Sassano, the EDC’s previous president, started working with L-3 over a year ago as a targeted industry for high growth and high wage job potential. This is a wonderful success story of utilizing multiple partners to bring a project to fruition.”

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