Two months after Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott returned from an economic development trip to Brazil, the Pentagon signed off on a deal for the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer build their Super Tucano light attack turboprops in Jacksonville.
Brown traveled to Washington earlier this month to met with Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley to get the Pentagon's support of a $355 million deal with Sierra Nevada Corp. to have Embraer assemble the aircraft for U.S. military use.
The deal was signed on Friday.
Embraer has committed to assemble aircraft at a facility at Jacksonville International Airport. Brown says the project will initially create 50 high-wage jobs and represents millions of dollars in economic investment.
“This is great economic news for Jacksonville,” Brown said. “The award reaffirms that Jacksonville is the most military and business-friendly city in the United States.”
Brown credited the broad coalition of public and private sector partners which joined forces to make this deal possible.
Brown pledged to work closely with Embraer to make its aircraft assembly efforts a success.