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Embraer Aero Seating breaks ground in Titusville

Florida Gov. Rick Scott attends event

News 6 at Noon
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TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Embraer officially expanded its wings in Brevard County on Wednesday with the groundbreaking of its Aero Seating Technologies in the Spaceport Commerce Park in Titusville.

News 6 partner Florida Today reported that Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer's president and chief executive officer, as well as Florida Gov. Rick Scott, attended the groundbreaking of the $3.5 million facility.

Embraer, which already has sizable jet assembly operation and customer care center at Melbourne International Airport, will be adding 150 new jobs paying an annual average wage of $48,000, for its Aero Seating Technologies facility.

"It's great that they're moving these jobs out of California," said Florida Governor Rick Scott.  "It's 150 more jobs for florida families right here at Embraer Air."

After acquiring Aero Seating Technologies, now in Irwindale, California, the Brazilian jet-maker was set to relocate the operation to Arizona. However, state and local officials were able to piece together an economic incentives package that convinced Embraer to ultimately locate the facility at Spaceport Corporate Park in North Brevard County.

"I call it, we're really just investing in ourselves at the end of the day and we're wiling to invest and to make things happen," said Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher.

Last April, the North Brevard Economic Development Zone board unanimously approved, and the Brevard County Commission voted 4-1 to also support, $2.5 million in incentives to get the company to locate in Titusville. Most of that money will be used to help pay construction costs. The state, through its economic development agency, Enterprise Florida, also kicked in incentives though the figure has not been disclosed.

"Embraer has over 800 jobs already in the state and my goal is we're going to continue working with them and they continue to grow," said Scott.

Workers at the Embraer Aero Seating Technologies will design and manufacture seats for Embraer aircraft and possibly other aerospace companies.

Scott and Curado first announced the decision to locate the operation in Titusville in June while attending the International Paris Air Show.