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Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for Embraer Engineering Center

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MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Space Coast's aerospace economy continues to grow as representatives participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday on the $24 million Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA at Melbourne International Airport.

Gov. Rick Scott's office, Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast joined local, national and international dignitaries were at the ceremony on Monday.

The 63,500-square-foot facility, which officials said will generate 200 engineering jobs by the end of 2016 sits on 13 acres and houses a state-of-the-art engineering unit, complete with 3D computer-aided design, computational fluid dynamics, finite element modeling, 3D virtual reality center, prototype capabilities and sophisticated laboratories and other test equipment.

Officials said employment specialties will include mechanical and electrical systems engineers, interior design engineers, structural engineers and certification engineers. The company plans to partner with universities and other institutions in the U.S. to develop "programs of mutual benefit" and bring its Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 business jets closer to potential U.S. customers.

"This project is here not only because of the rich engineering talent here in Florida and on the Space Coast, but also because of the way we feel about the state, local community, it's leaders and the way we are received here each and every day," said Gary Spulak with Embraer.