– Embraer cut the ribbon, today, at its third Company-owned executive jet service center in the United States. Located at Ft. Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport, Fla., the 55,500-square-foot (5,156-square-meter) state- of-the-art facility will provide full-service care for the Company’s Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450, Legacy 500, and Legacy 600 executive jets. The other two recently inaugurated facilities are located at Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks, Conn., and Phoenix - Mesa Gateway Airport, in Mesa, Arizona.
“These three new Company-owned service centers are strategically located to offer greater customer convenience for full product support and services, including parts inventory,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support and Services, Executive Jets. “With this facility, which will provide comprehensive support for our Phenom and Legacy customers in Southeastern U.S., Embraer achieves its goal of having seven wholly-owned service centers in operation, worldwide, in 2008.”
The Company owned-and-operated executive jet service centers consist of a hangar, workshops and office space. They offer full aircraft service, including scheduled and unscheduled maintenance; 24/7 technical assistance and parts, airframe, engine, avionics, and other system repairs; Aircraft On Ground (AOG) mobile rescue teams; and an inventory of expendable and repairable parts. The Fort Lauderdale facility will have an additional 7,500 square feet (697 square meters) of office space. Each of the three new centers will create approximately 60 jobs over the next five years.
“I welcome the success and positive economic impact that is sure to come from this expansion,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “Embraer’s presence in Florida is testimony to our dedication and commitment to strengthening the local and state economy.”
The Embraer executive jet service center in Fort Lauderdale is part of a local investment of approximately US$ 17 million, which also includes a spare parts distribution center for the Commercial Aviation division of the Company, and overall infrastructure improvements throughout the Embraer campus, which currently has another four buildings and about 280 employees.
“Quality tenants, such as Embraer, enhance Ft. Lauderdale - Hollywood International’s reputation as a world-class destination for travelers and businesses, alike,” said Broward County Mayor Lois Wexler. “Broward County is pleased to support and facilitate the expansion of the Embraer organization in North America.”
The architectural and engineering firm Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. was responsible for the design of the new facilities, while Chase Construction was selected as the builder. They are both based in Nashville, Tenn., U.S., where Embraer owns a service center that provides support for its commercial E-Jets and the Legacy 600 and Lineage 1000 executive jets.
Embraer’s authorized service center network in the U.S. is comprised of 24 locations and spans 18 States. For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, visit www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
Note to Editors
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 September 30, 2008, Embraer had a workforce of 23,745 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 21.6 billion.
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