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Thales Expands Operations To Melbourne, Florida

Thales, a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defense and Security markets, has chosen to expand its operations center to Melbourne, Florida. The company expansion will add 327 high-tech positions by 2020 with plans to develop a 100,000-square-foot facility to support advancement of innovative technology and solutions worldwide.

“Thanks to the leadership of Governor Scott and other state and local officials, we are pleased to be able to further expand our competitive footprint in Florida. The state’s pro-business agenda is helping to enable our targeted growth,” said Alan Pellegrini, President/CEO, Thales USA.

“Competition for these projects is becoming more intense, placing a stronger emphasis on strategic collaboration,” stated Lynda Weatherman, President/CEO of the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast. “It is because of our longstanding relationship with EFI and the City of Melbourne that enabled us to broaden Thales’ international footprint into our community.”

The selection of Brevard County was the result of multiple strengths our location offered, including our engineering and high tech resources, local officials said. Through the selection process the project locally was known as Project Miletus.

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC), Enterprise Florida (EFI) and the City of Melbourne worked diligently to secure this highly competitive project, which included Thales’ California facility as a viable option.

Governor Rick Scott said, "I am proud to announce that Thales chose Florida to expand and create 500 new jobs for Florida families. We met with Thales at the Paris Air Show last year and it's great to make this exciting announcement today in London. I look forward to seeing their continued success in our state."

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