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French Aeronautics Supplier, Vision Systems, To Open Melbourne, Florida, Headquarters

Vision Systems, a France-based Tier One supplier for the aeronautics, marine and automotive industries, will invest nearly $1.2 million to open its first U.S. subsidiary in Melbourne, Florida on the state’s Space Coast.

With an eye toward working with current customers with strong U.S. operations, including HondaJet and Gulfstream, Vision Systems’ 12,000-square-foot Melbourne operation at 1801 Penn St. will facilitate trade development opportunities across its three segments, the Economic Development Commission of the Florida’s Space Coast.

Opening in an existing building, by next summer the company will establish office space, production workshops and a clean room for the production of smart solar protection systems. Then, in fourth quarter 2013, Vision Systems will install specific machinery for series production.The company plans to hire 10 workers by the end of 2013 and generate a total of 40 manufacturing and engineering jobs within three years.

“We felt it was essential for Vision Systems to be located in America,” said Vision Systems President and CEO Carl Putman. “We feel confident in moving our first American location to Florida’s Space Coast. This location will enable us to be closer to our U.S. customers and to expand our business activities in this area. We thank Governor Scott, Enterprise Florida, and the EDC for helping to make this move a great opportunity for Vision Systems, and for Florida families.”

Gov. Rick Scott said; “I am thrilled that Vision Systems chose Melbourne for their first U.S. operations. With the creation of more than 330,000 private sector jobs in just over two years and an unemployment rate below the national average, our economic formula is working to create jobs and opportunities for families.”

“The EDC worked with Vision Systems for nearly a year to highlight the Space Coast’s competitive business environment and showcase both our strong base of industrial facilities and our capable workforce,” said EDC President and CEO Lynda Weatherman “In continuing Governor’s Scott main focus on job creation for Florida families, we are thrilled the company will be opening its first North American facility here and welcome them to our diverse, international and highly regarded aviation segment.”

“The city of Melbourne values Governor’s Scott commitment to job creation, and is a proud partner of the emerging aeronautical business cluster in Brevard County,” said Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan. “Vision Systems’ announced aeronautics expansion from Lyon, France to Florida’s Space Coast confirms the city’s status within the international aviation community, which Brazilian companies Embraer and Archo Solutions have already found as an ideal place to do business.”

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