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April 10, 2013

Airbus breaks ground on south Alabama plant

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The ceremonial groundbreaking for Airbusí U.S. A320 Family final assembly line ñ which occurred April 8, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. ñ was marked by Airbus President and CEO Fabrice BrÈgier (fourth from right) and EADS CEO Tom Enders (sixth from right), along with state and national dignitaries, industry leaders and members of the local community.

Airbus broke ground on its first U.S. airplane assembly plant April 8 with a ceremony marking the start of a project that could help transform Alabama’s coast into an aerospace center.

Top company executives and state leaders were in the port city for the event, held at the Airbus site at Brookley Aeroplex. A jetliner parked behind the stage provided a backdrop for the occasion.

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones recounted how it took seven years to bring aircraft manufacturing to the Alabama coast after a series of starts and stops.

Our future and Airbus’ future are tied together, and we’re extremely proud of that, said Jones.
Gov. Robert Bentley said the start of work marked a ìgreat day for Alabama.

The $600 million factory is expected to employ 1,000 people once production of the Airbus A320 jet begins around 2015.

Keivan Deravi, an economist with Auburn University Montgomery, compared Airbus’ decision to locate in Alabama to the decision by Mercedes-Benz in 1993 to construct its first U.S. assembly plant went of Birmingham in Tuscaloosa County. The Mercedes decision ìmade Alabama a global powerhouse in the automobile industry, and Airbus could do the same for aerospace, he said.

Airbusí first U.S.-based production facility ñ which will build A320 Family jetliners at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., beginning in 2015 ñ will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft annually by 2018.

The ceremony came as the state’s first major Airbus supplier, Safran Engineering Services, opened its new office in Mobile. The company plans to employ about 50 people at an engineering support facility.

The Mobile factory will join Airbus assembly plants in France, Germany and China.

Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. had planned to build a new Air Force refueling tanker in Alabama, but Boeing won the contract in 2011. Airbus announced last year it would construct a jetliner assembly line near downtown Mobile.

Local leaders hope the Airbus plant, being built at the 1,650-acre Brookley industrial park, will make Alabama the heart of aerospace work along the northern Gulf Coast.

ìBrookley is situated right in the center of the Gulf Coast aerospace corridor, and the Airbus facility sets us up to be the nucleus of that corridor,î said Bill Sisson, executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority.

North Alabama already has a strong aerospace industry with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and a Delta rocket factory operated by United Launch Alliance nearby at Decatur. AP




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