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Airbus starts plant construction in Ala.


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Airbus broke ground on its first U.S. airplane assembly plant Monday with a ceremony marking the start of a project that could help transform Alabama’s coast into an aerospace center.

Top company executives and state leaders were in the port city for the event, held at the Airbus site at Brookley Aeroplex. A jetliner parked behind the stage provided a backdrop for the occasion.

Mayor Sam Jones recounted how it took seven years to bring aircraft manufacturing to the Alabama coast after a series of starts and stops.

“Our future and Airbus’ future are tied together, and we’re extremely proud of that,” said Jones.

The $600 million factory is expected to employ 1,000 people once production of the Airbus A320 jet begins around 2015. In October, Airbus signed an agreement with the National Composite Center in Kettering for it to provide training for Airbus workers.

Keivan Deravi, an economist with Auburn University Montgomery, compared Airbus’ decision to locate in Alabama to the decision by Mercedes-Benz in 1993 to construct its first U.S. assembly plant went of Birmingham in Tuscaloosa County. The Mercedes decision “made Alabama a global powerhouse in the automobile industry,” and Airbus could do the same for aerospace, he said.

The ceremony came as the state’s first major Airbus supplier, Safran Engineering Services, opened its new office in Mobile. The company plans to employ about 50 people at an engineering support facility.

The Mobile factory will join Airbus assembly plants in France, Germany and China.

Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. had planned to build a new Air Force refueling tanker in Alabama, but Boeing won the contract in 2011. Airbus announced last year it would construct a jetliner assembly line near downtown Mobile.

Local leaders hope the Airbus plant, being built at the 1,650-acre Brookley industrial park, will make Alabama the heart of aerospace work along the northern Gulf Coast.

North Alabama already has a strong aerospace industry with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and a Delta rocket factory operated by United Launch Alliance nearby at Decatur.


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