Embraer Begins Legacy 450/500 Production in Florida
Melbourne, Fla., June 2, 2016: Embraer Executive Jets began the production of its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 in Melbourne, Florida, holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony, today, at its recently expanded facility, where the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 are already in production. At the ceremony, which included Florida Governor Rick Scott, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, Florida, Brevard County and Melbourne officials, the Company celebrated this expansion, which adds 236,000 square feet to its existing 213,000 square-foot campus at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport.
The Melbourne production facility began operations in February 2011 and the first Phenom 100 was delivered in December of the same year. In August 2012, the Phenom 300 was added to the multi-model, paperless final assembly line. Over 170 Phenom jets, valued at over USD 1 billion, have been produced in Melbourne for U.S. customers, mainly, as well as to customers in 14 other countries.
“In 2008, at a time when companies were downsizing, it was Embraer who selected Brevard County for its first US manufacturing and customer design facility,” stated Lynda Weatherman, President and CEO of the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast. “Today, and eight years later we are not only celebrating Embraer’s third completed facility in Brevard County, but its significant role in elevating our status as a global leader in the aviation industry.”