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Continental Motors Builds $75 Million Manufacturing Hub in Mobile, Alabama

Continental Motors, a division of China-based AVIC International Holding Corp, will invest $75 million to construct an advanced manufacturing facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Alabama. The plans will produce piston and turbine engines for light aircraft, along with parts.

Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley is an industrial complex and airport owned and operated by the Mobile Airport Authority, near the western shore of Mobile Bay.

The new facility will be nearly 275,000 square feet, mostly dedicated to advanced engine and parts manufacturing for all Continental Motors Group product lines, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. It will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and include a special area designated for evaluation of new manufacturing techniques and processes, including additive manufacturing and automation. The new Mobile factory will be operational by 2020.

“Continental Motors has been a big part of the local Mobile community for over 50 years and is pleased with the community support that allows us to renew our commitment to the region and our great team members for many years to come,” said Michael Skolnik, the company’s executive vice president of global operations.

“The ‘greenfield’ facility will modernize our manufacturing processes into a world-class, high-productivity, vertically integrated center of manufacturing excellence among the aviation cluster in Mobile, Alabama, USA,” he added.

Continental Motors said building the new Alabama factory is a key step in a plan to profoundly transform the company and the way its designs, manufactures, certifies, and support products. It plans to build a new customer and technical service infrastructure and environment that will allow assisting customers around the world at all times.

The Alabama Department of Commerce, through its AIDT workforce development agency, has assisted in the project.

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