VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering is building a new hangar on approximately 19 acres of property at the Pensacola International Airport. The 173,000-square-foot maintenance and engineering facility will create 400 new jobs.
The project is being made possible through a combination of funds from the State of Florida/Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, and the Industry Recruitment, Retention and Expansion Fund.
“The Florida Department of Transportation is proud to provide $23.8 million in grants to the airport and work with all of its partners to make this vital project a reality in Pensacola,” said FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold. “Once it begins operation, the jobs created by this maintenance and repair facility will have a significant impact on improving the economic conditions of Florida’s families in this region.”
“Florida’s international airports help welcome millions of visitors each year and attract major job creators like VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering to our state,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Last week, I announced that the Pensacola area added more than 3,000 private-sector jobs over the year, and today, it’s exciting to announce the creation of 400 maintenance and engineering job opportunities for local families. We will continue working with state and local partners to cut taxes, grow our economy and make Florida first for jobs.”
Scheduled to open in early 2018, the maintenance facility will accommodate two Boeing 777s, four Boeing 757s, or six Airbus A-320 sized aircraft. Bringing a new industry to the area, VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering will hire skilled personnel including Master Airplane Technicians, Aircraft Inspectors, Master Structures Technicians, Sheet Metal Mechanics, and Avionics Technicians. Local economic development agencies, local educational institutions, and VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering have worked together to implement training programs to create a sustainable workforce.
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