VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering Starts Construction On Hanger Facility In Pensacola, Florida
John G. Coburn, Chairman and CEO of VT Systems, said, “This has been a project long in the making and we are excited to finally break ground on such an important milestone. We look forward to the opportunities that this facility will bring, both to VT MAE and the city of Pensacola.”
The maintenance facility will accommodate two Boeing 777’s, or four Boeing 757’s, or six Airbus A-320 sized aircraft. VT MAE will hire skilled personnel including Master Airplane Technicians, Aircraft Inspectors, Master Structures Technicians, Sheet Metal Mechanics, and Avionics Technicians. After groundbreaking, construction will last approximately 16 months, with the facility opening for operation in early 2018.
Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida’s international airports help welcome millions of visitors each year and attract major job creators like VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering to our state. Last week, I announced that the Pensacola area added more than 3,000 private-sector jobs over the year, and today, it’s exciting to announce the creation of 400 maintenance and engineering job opportunities for local families. We will continue working with state and local partners to cut taxes, grow our economy and make Florida first for jobs.”
Design and construction of this project is being made possible through a combination of funds from the State of Florida, Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, and the Industry Recruitment, Retention and Expansion Fund. Local economic development agencies, local educational institutions, and VT MAE have worked together to implement training programs to create a sustainable workforce.
FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold said, “The Florida Department of Transportation is proud to provide $23.8 million in grants to the airport and work with all of its partners to make this vital project a reality in Pensacola. Once it begins operation, the jobs created by this maintenance and repair facility will have a significant impact on improving the economic conditions of Florida’s families in this region.”
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