Embraer Executive Jets has opened its expanded assembly facility in Melbourne, Florida, which adds 236,000ft² to its existing 213,000ft² campus at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. The company will now begin production of its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 aircraft.
Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2 to celebrate the new production lines and expanded facility, Tulio Pellegrini, president and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets, said, “With the support of [Florida] Governor Rick Scott, and his team at Enterprise Florida, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Brevard County, the City of Melbourne, and the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport, we are doubling the size of our campus in Melbourne with the addition of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 assembly lines,” said Marco. “The growth of our partnerships is a reward for the community’s trust, and for its visionary leaders.”
The facility is already used for production of the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft and includes a new assembly hangar, paint facility, completion center, flight preparation facility and a new delivery center. Embraer will add 600 new jobs to its almost 600 employees in the area, ramping up hiring through 2020.
Governor Scott said, “I am proud to join Embraer in cutting the ribbon of their expanded aircraft assembly facility today [June 2]. Two years ago we announced that Embraer had chosen Florida as the best location in the US to manufacture their new aircraft. Embraer already employs more than 1,000 Floridians and the addition of 600 new jobs is incredible news for Florida.”