Airbus will increase production of its A320 aircraft at the company’s manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The company will invest $40 million to construct a new support hangar.
On top of a project to add a new A220 assembly line at the site, Airbus’ latest expansion pushes its total investment in Alabama’s Port City to more than $1 billion, state officials said.
Airbus said it will increase the production rate of A320 family aircraft at its U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile to seven per month by the beginning of 2021. This increase, along with continued recruiting for the A220 manufacturing team, will result in 275 new Airbus jobs added at the Alabama-based facility over the next year.
“This increase in commercial aircraft production in Mobile is an exciting expansion of our significant industrial investment in the U.S., and it continues Airbus’ positive contribution to American aerospace,” Airbus Americas Chairman and CEO C. Jeffrey Knittel said.
“We have invested more than $1 billion in Mobile because of the terrific team of employees there, and because of the support and welcome we continue to receive from the Gulf Coast community and State and Congressional leaders like Senator Richard Shelby, who has been with us from the beginning,” Knittel added. “We look forward to building on that strong relationship with our neighbors. This goes beyond jobs to include our support of education initiatives and future workforce development that will positively impact the community for decades to come along the Gulf Coast.”
“Airbus’ ever-expanding footprint in Mobile has become the core of a rapidly growing aerospace cluster throughout the Gulf Coast. Moreover, the company’s plans to increase aircraft production in Alabama, yet once again, means new investment and new jobs.” Governor Kay Ivey said.
“Today’s news of the Airbus expansion is a big vote of confidence in the quality and caliber of the Alabama workforce. Today’s announcement will also better position Mobile to remain on track to becoming one of the top four cities in the world for aerospace manufacturing,” she added. “I look forward to seeing Airbus reach future milestones at its U.S. manufacturing home in Sweet Home Alabama.”