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FLORIDA: EMBRAER TO MAKE PLANES IN MELBOURNE, CREATE 600 JOBS

     (The following press release from the State of Florida was received by     
e-mail and was reformatted. The sender verified the statement.) 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 29, 2013 
Governor Rick Scott Announces Embraer to Create 600 New Florida Jobs 
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Embrarer has
selected Melbourne International Airport for the manufacturing of its
Legacy 450 and 500 planes. Their decision to invest in the Space Coast
will ultimately create 600 jobs, and will generate $28 million in
capital investment for equipment. The decision by Embraer to create jobs
in Florida is contingent on the final approval of a partnership between
the company, state and local officials. 
The Governor made the announcement at Melbourne International Airport
where he was joined by Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan, President and CEO
of Embraer South America Frederico Curado, President of Embraer Holdings
Gary Spulak, and President of the Space Coast Economic Development
Council Lynda Weatherman.  
Governor Scott said, "I'm proud to announce that even more Floridians
are going to be able to find great jobs and live the American Dream
right here in the Sunshine State. With the creation of over 365,000 jobs
in two-and-a-half years, and our state's unemployment rate below the
national average, it's important that we remain focused on continuing
Florida's economic momentum. I would like to thank everyone involved in
this important project." 
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development
Commission of Florida's Space Coast, said, "More than five years after
Embraer and the EDC began working together on what would become the
company's first-ever North American final assembly plant at Melbourne
International Airport, I am delighted to congratulate Frederico Curado
and his outstanding team on yet another important endeavor that further
deepens your connections to the Space Coast. The Legacy 500 and Legacy
450 business jets embody the visionary thinking that is Embraer's
hallmark and they will fit perfectly into the Space Coast's rich
heritage of building cutting-edge aircraft that transport passengers on
their important journeys, whether across the country or into the
cosmos."  
Embraer President and Chief Executive Officer Frederico Fleury Curado
said, "Both Embraer and our customers are very satisfied with the
success of our Phenom assembly facility and global customer center
located at Melbourne airport. In partnership with Governor Rick Scott,
Enterprise Florida, the City of Melbourne, the Melbourne Airport
Authority, Brevard County, Space Florida, Enterprise Florida, the
Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, and Brevard
Workforce, we are ready to take the next step here by expanding the
operation to include the assembly of the Legacy 450/500 to address the
needs of our largest market." 
Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, president & CEO of Enterprise
Florida, Inc. said, "Embraer's announcement to manufacture the L450 and
L500 corporate jets on Florida's Space Coast validates the state's
position as a leader in aviation and aerospace. This highly sought after
expansion is especially important as it solidifies Embraer's growing
manufacturing presence on the Space Coast and will create additional
opportunities for suppliers in the aerospace and aviation industry.  The
company's continued investment in Florida for research, design and
manufacturing significantly benefits our goal of diversifying our
economy through job creation."  
CONTACT: GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICE 
(850) 717-9282
media@eog.myflorida.com  
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