Officials in Alabama are celebrating the recent announcement by France-based Airbus to build a new manufacturing facility in the state.
Airbus, which is Europe’s leading plane manufacturer, said it expects the new $600 million factory – which will be built on a 53-acre site in Mobile – to be up and running in order to deliver its first-Alabama built A320 by 2016, the Los Angeles Times reports.The company said the new facility will help it compete directly with Boeing as it looks to secure more business in the U.S. Airbus said it expects to produce 40 to 50 A320s at the Mobile factory by 2018. Here in Mobile, we have all the ingredients of success, Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier said during the official announcement . “This will help us get a bigger share of the upcoming market.”Airbus said construction at the site will begin next year and create thousands of construction jobs. Once completed, the factory will employ approximately 1,000 workers with a variety of skills on their resumes, including assemblers and engineers.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for assemblers and fabricators are expected to grow by 5% through the end of the decade and be best for those with postsecondary training.