(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Governor of Florida and received via
e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
December 18, 2012 
Gov. Scott and L-3 Crestview Aerospace Announce Expansion of
Aircraft Manufacturing Operations 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott and L-3 Crestview
Aerospace (L-3 CA) announced that the company will create 340
jobs within two years through the expansion of their aircraft
manufacturing operations in Okaloosa County. 
The project also marks an investment of more than $13.7 million,
which will include $7 million in facilities upgrades and the
retrofit of hangar space at Bob Sikes Airport in 2013 and 2014. 
Governor Scott said, “After visiting L-3’s facility in October,
I am proud they are continuing to help Florida’s families with
the creation of 340 more jobs. Florida is an aviation and
aerospace leader because of the growth and innovation of
businesses like L-3 CA.  These are hundreds of jobs that will
positively impact Florida’s communities - and is a great sign of
Florida’s growing economy. Since taking office, the private
sector has created nearly 175,000 jobs, Florida has experienced
the largest drop in unemployment in the nation - and as families
get more jobs, residential real estate is projected to rise for
2013, which is great news for Florida communities.” 
L-3 CA, a division of L-3’s Integrated Systems Group, is a
world-leading provider of aerostructure fabrication and assembly
and aircraft modification. Since June 2011,158 of these jobs
have already been added. 
“We’re a vertically integrated, one-stop shop for detail parts
fabrication and machining through end-item aerostructure
assemblies and fixed- and rotary-wing modifications,” said Jeff
Barger, L-3 CA’s vice president and general manager.  “The
continued growth of our facility and workforce increases our
capacity to provide high-quality aerostructure fabrication and
aircraft modification services to our existing and new
Organizations that partnered to support L-3 CA’s expansion
included the Bob Sikes Airport, City of Crestview, Crestview-Okaloosa Industrial Air Park, Economic Development Council for
Okaloosa County, Enterprise Florida Inc., Okaloosa Board of
County Commissioners and Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa
“As one of Okaloosa County’s top employers, the Economic
Development Council has been honored to assist L-3 Crestview
Aerospace on their business expansion needs,” said Kay
Rasmussen, interim president for the Economic Development
Council of Okaloosa County.  “Larry Sassano, the EDC’s previous
president, started working with L-3 over a year ago as a
targeted industry for high growth and high wage job potential.
This is a wonderful success story of utilizing multiple partners
to bring a project to fruition.” 
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000
people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command,
Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance,
and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider
of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and
commercial platforms. 
(850) 717-9282
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