Embraer Breaks Ground on 236,000-Sq.-Ft. Aircraft Assembly Complex

Melbourne, Florida will soon welcome a new industrial complex as aviation firm Embraer just broke ground on an assembly facility for its Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 models. The addition more than doubles the company’s presence in the Melbourne International Airport area, where Embraer already operates a 212,000 square-foot campus.

The Embraer Legacy 500

Melbourne, Fla. will soon welcome a new industrial complex. Aviation firm Embraer has broken ground on an assembly facility for its Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 models. The addition more than doubles the company’s presence in the Melbourne International Airport area, where Embraer already operates a 212,000 square-foot campus.

Headquartered in Sao Jose dos Campos near Sao Paulo, Brazil, Embraer S.A. (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica) is one of the leading exporters of the country and the largest manufacturer of commercial jets of up to 130 seats worldwide. It has produced more than 5,000 aircrafts that operate in 80 countries on five continents. The company was founded in 1969 and since then it has expanded with offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S., where it develops, manufactures and sells aircrafts and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and the defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide.

The new 236,000 sq.-ft. facility will feature four new buildings: an assembly hangar, a paint facility, a completion center and flight preparation facility, and a new dedicated delivery center. The company will add 600 new hires to its almost 400 employees in the area over a period of four years after completion of the development.

The Legacy 500/450 assembly complex is expected to be operational by 2016.

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