Piper Aircraft Inc. plans to add 454 jobs and invest in new technology as part of an agreement that keeps its headquarters in Florida, the third aircraft-manufacturing company to announce U.S. expansion plans this month.
Piper, which makes small propeller-driven planes for personal and business use, will receive a $ 32 million incentive package from the state for agreeing to expand in Vero Beach, Florida Governor Charlie Crist said in an e-mailed statement today. The planned new jobs are in addition to 963 existing ones.
Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA, the world´s fourth-largest aircraft maker, said May 13 it will invest $ 50 million in a new plant to make jets in Melbourne, Florida. Spirit AeroSystems Inc. said the following day it would open a plant in North Carolina to perform some of the work needed for a $ 2.7 billion contract from Airbus SAS to design and build a fuselage section for the A350 XWB jetliner.