07-02-2012, 10:53 PM
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Airbus to Build 1st U.S. Assembly Plant in Mobile, AL
Airbus To Build 1st U.S. Assembly Plant In Mobile | WKRG
In the battle to dominate the global aviation industry, European aerospace giant Airbus announced Mobile will be home to its first assembly plant in the United States on Monday, a symbolic and significant step in the competition with archrival Boeing. |
The French-based company said the Alabama plant is expected to cost $600 million to build and will employ 1,000 people when it reaches full production, likely to be four planes a month by 2017.
"We are going to create great jobs and generate growth right here," Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier said at the convention center in Mobile, where many of the 2,000 people in attendance waved American flags as music played in the background.
"We know in aerospace, when we create one job, there are about four related jobs so we could bring as many as 5,000," Bregier said at a later news conference. "The management to the blue collars will be 100 percent American."
Boeing already has a big presence in Alabama, employing 2,700 people in defense and rocket operations.
Airbus planned to build refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force in Alabama, but its parent company, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., lost the contract to Boeing in 2011.
Supposedly this will be a bigger deal than if Airbus would have gotten the Air Force contract.