Northrop Grumman Announces Expansion on Florida Space Coast

(Florida Space Coast EDC PR) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is pleased to announce that Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected Brevard County for a significant expansion that could add 1,800 jobs at full program capacity at an average annual salary of $100,000.

The project, known as Project Magellan throughout the due diligence phase, is the largest economic development project in the country in terms of job creation numbers and average wage associated with employment. Northrop Grumman plans to invest approximately $500 million in new capital investments at the Melbourne International Airport.


Florida, Brazil Deepen Aerospace Ties With Trade Missions, Embraer Expansion

space_florida_logoThe state of Florida and emerging South American economic power Brazil spent the month of October strengthening their economic ties, with a particular focus on aerospace cooperation. The activities included an exchange of trade missions and the announcement that Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer will expand its operations in Melbourne, bringing 600 jobs to Florida’s hard-hit Space Coast.

The following stories are excerpted from Space Florida’s most recent newsletter.

Florida-Brazil Trade Mission Results in Business Development Leads

In early October, Space Florida President Frank DiBello had the opportunity to conduct a trade mission to Brazil, meeting with 20+ high-tech and aerospace executives that expressed interest in doing business in the United States. The mission was hosted by the Brazil-Florida Chamber of Commerce.


Embraer Announces Major Expansion on Florida Space Coast

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Melbourne, FL (Space Florida PR — March 21, 2012) – Today Governor Rick Scott announced that Embraer, a Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer focused on commercial, defense, and executive aviation, is expanding its operations at Melbourne International Airport. The company will be adding a new research and development facility – The Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA – and 200 new engineering jobs with average salaries of $70,000, in the near term. At least 40 new jobs are anticipated in 2012.

The announcement was made today at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto. Governor Rick Scott was joined by Senator Mike Haridopolos, Melbourne City Mayor Harry Goode, and executives from Embraer, Enterprise Florida, Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

Florida Governor to Announce “Significant” Space Coast Business Expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott



Significant Near-Term Employment Anticipated

The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of Florida
Hon. Mike Haridopolos, Florida Senate President
Gray Swoope, Secretary of Commerce, State of Florida and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Frank DiBello, President & CEO, Space Florida
Hon. Harry Goode, Mayor, City of Melbourne
Lynda Weatherman, President & CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

Announcement of the expansion of an established, Melbourne-based company resulting from an ongoing partnership between Enterprise Florida, Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. In addition to business facility expansion, it is anticipated that this Melbourne-based company’s growth will result in significant job creation in the near term.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
(Please note: attendance is by “invitation only”)

Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place
200 Rialto Place
Rialto Ballroom “C”
Melbourne, FL 32901