BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. --
A new $41 million facility is opening its doors Monday morning in Brevard County and bringing hundreds of jobs.
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Plane maker, Embraer, said it's taking advantage of the high-caliber work force losing their jobs from NASA’s space shuttle's retirement.
Embraer is opening its first North American assembly plant in Melbourne.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott said Embraer's investment in the space coast will attract even more employers in the future.
“I'm grateful that Embraer decided to call Melbourne home, and I hope that other companies are going to recognize what they did,” said Senator Bill Nelson.
The average salary is $50,000 and Embraer said the economic impact of this facility is $23 million a year.
“Embraer is bringing a boost to Melbourne's economy and shows all employers that Florida is the best place to do business,” said Gov. Scott.
The Brazilian company is hiring 200 skilled workers to assemble two executive jets, the four-passenger Phenom 100 and the nine-passenger Phenom 300.
Embraer is just one of three new aviation manufacturing and maintenance companies that announced plans to move to the Melbourne International Airport.
Embraer will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony around 11:30 Monday morning.
Nelson and Scott will be there, but they may take a moment to talk about high-speed rail.
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Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. have won a $40 billion contract to build tanker aircraft for the US military.
It will be a subsidiary of Embraer Aircraft Holdings, Inc., and will mean about 200 new jobs in Melbourne over the next five years.