Economic Development spirits were flying high in Alabama after the global aerospace giant, Airbus, chose Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex for its first U.S. airplane assembly plant. The Panhandle Tiger Bay Club’s February speaker, Michelle Hurdle, was a member of the Alabama economic development team that recruited EADS North America, Airbus and Northrop Grumman to Mobile.
Come and learn how Mobile was chosen as the site for this $600 million facility and what Pensacola can do to enhance our chances of bringing industry like this to our area. Hurdle will share the mission and scope of Airbus operations in the area, as well as the future of Airbus/commercial aviation both locally and industry wide.
Airbus broke ground April 8, 2013 on their new facility in Mobile dedicated solely to the production of narrowbody A320 single-aisle jetliners, which some call the “minivans” of the airline industry. At full production, Airbus expects to employ 1,000 people with a $61 million annual payroll and produce about 50 planes a year.
Hurdle is the director of economic and community development of Airbus Americas, Inc.
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: Lunch 11:30; Meeting 12:00
Location: New World Landing
RSVP: Call 850.293.1902, or email email@example.com.