– Embraer broke ground for a new executive jets service center at Williams Gateway Airport, in Mesa, Ariz., United States. The facility is scheduled for completion in mid-2008 and will be one of three locations in the U.S. dedicated to full- service care for the Company’s Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600 executive jets.
“Embraer is proud to establish its presence in the State of Arizona, in demonstration of its long-term commitment to satisfying the executive jet customers, as well as to bringing new jobs to the local community,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer’s Senior Vice President, Aviation Services. “With this new investment, our goal is to develop a highly competitive infrastructure that will exceed the expectations of the business jet market by offering convenient and efficient support and services.”
Partners in the Embraer project include the State of Arizona, the Williams Gateway Airport Authority (WGAA), and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).
“As the Phoenix Metropolitan area continues to grow, international companies are showing a major interest in having a presence throughout the East Valley,” said Steve Berman, Chairman of the WGAA Board of Directors and Mayor of neighboring Gilbert, Arizona. “Embraer is a globally recognized leader in aerospace and we’re very proud that the Company will now be a part of the Williams Gateway community.”
“Embraer’s new service center is the first of many international companies recognizing that Williams Gateway Airport and Greater Phoenix are ideal locations for global business expansion,” said Barry Broome, President and CEO of GPEC. “We welcome Embraer, a leader in the aviation industry, and an example of the type of foreign direct investment we seek through our Arizona Global Network initiative.”
The 45,000-square-foot (4,181-square-meter) Embraer facility will consist of a hangar, workshops and office space, for an estimated investment of US$ 8 million. Embraer’s commitment to the community is to create approximately 60 jobs over the next five years.
The architectural and engineering firm Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., of Nashville, Tenn., U.S., is designing the new facility, located on 6 acres of land (261,358 square feet, or 24.281 square meters), with an option for 5 additional acres (217,798 square feet, or 20.234 square meters). Embraer will choose a general contractor after the public bidding process is completed.
The establishment of the Executive Jets service center network owned and operated by Embraer in the U.S. will include locations at Ft. Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks, Conn.. Groundbreaking ceremonies for Florida and Connecticut will also take place this summer. The investment for all three new facilities will total approximately US$ 40 million.
Each service center facility will be capable of providing full-service aircraft care, including routine inspection, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and airframe, engine, avionics, and other systems repairs, 24/7 assistance, Aircraft On Ground (AOG) rescue/mobile teams, and an inventory of expendable and repairable parts. Services may also include painting and interior refurbishments.
More information about Embraer Executive Jets is available at the website www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
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Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil's leading exporters. Embraer's headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On March 31, 2007, Embraer had a workforce of 21,005 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 15.0 billion.
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