Em­braer signs Jack­sonville Air­port lease for A-29 Su­per Tu­cano as­sem­bly fa­cil­ity

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Em­braer Air­craft Hold­ing Inc. has signed a 10-year lease on a 40,000-square-foot hangar in which the A-29 Su­per Tu­cano air­craft for the US Air Force Light Air Sup­port (LAS) pro­gramme will be as­sem­bled. Prepa­ra­tion of the fa­cil­ity is cur­rently un­der way. The LAS air­craft are ur­gently needed to sup­port the suc­cess­ful with­drawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Jack­sonville Mayor Alvin Brown wel­comed Em­braer to the city. “I’m ex­cited for this eco­nomic mile­stone as Em­braer’s A-29 pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity be­comes Jack­sonville’s first full-scale air­craft as­sem­bly op­er­a­tion,” said Mayor Brown. “Not only does this show con­fi­dence in our work­force, it ex­pands Jack­sonville’s role as one of Amer­ica’s most mil­i­tary and veteran-friendly cities. I com­mend Em­braer for em­brac­ing th­ese val­ues and I look for­ward to a long, pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship.”

“We have been look­ing for­ward to the day that we can of­fi­cially es­tab­lish our pres­ence in Jack­sonville and we are ready to get to work,” said Gary Spu­lak, Pres­i­dent of Em­braer Air­craft Hold­ing Inc. “This im­por­tant step is the first of many that will so­lid­ify the new part­ner­ship we have cre­ated be­tween Em­braer and the Jack­sonville com­mu­nity.”

With the sup­port of the state of Florida, the City of Jack­sonville and the Jack­sonville Avi­a­tion Author­ity, the fa­cil­ity at the Jack­sonville In­ter­na­tional Air­port al­ready is un­der­go­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions. The fa­cil­ity will per­form pre-equip­ping, me­chan­i­cal as­sem­bly, struc­tural as­sem­bly, sys­tems in­stal­la­tion and test­ing, and flight test­ing of A-29 air­craft.

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