PORTABLE – Governor Kay Ivey joined Airbus officials, mobile leaders and education professionals at a community event Monday afternoon to celebrate the aerospace company’s new growth plans at its Alabama manufacturing plant. .
Airbus’ latest expansion plan includes the addition of a third final assembly line, or FAL, at its Mobile plant to support increased production of its A320 family of single-aisle passenger jets.
At Monday’s event at Bishop State Community College, Airbus announced plans to add 1,000 new jobs over the next few years to its workforce at the Mobile manufacturing plant, which today numbers around 1,200. people.
“It’s wonderful to see Airbus continue to expand its only airliner manufacturing facility in the United States with another expansion into Mobile,” said Governor Ivey. “This growth is made possible by the company’s skilled workforce in Alabama and our commitment to developing a pipeline of future aerospace workers.”
Last week, Airbus announced plans to increase global production of A320 Family jets, including the addition of the new 350,000 square foot FAL to Mobile. Details about new jobs at the Alabama plant were not released at the time.
“Having Mobile lead our unprecedented global production rate increase in the years to come is a tribute to the world-class workforce in Alabama,” says C. Jeffrey Knittel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Americas. “I’m so proud of our mobile employees for proving through years of hard work what Alabama is capable of, and I’m also incredibly grateful to state leaders for making Alabama a better place. great for investing and doing business.”
To facilitate Airbus’ hiring plans, Alabama’s workforce development and education organizations are collaborating on new recruiting and training initiatives to build the job pipeline, said Ed Castile, director of the AIDT and deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
“Airbus has been an amazing partner as we work together every day to help change people’s lives,” said Castile. “Airbus offers incredible career opportunities, and we have the tremendous opportunity to help them find their team and help them train.”
Castile said AIDT plans to expand its aviation training center at Brookley’s Mobile Aeroplex, a 36,500 square foot facility that opened in 2014 specifically to help Airbus start production.
AIDT is also expanding apprenticeship programs and supporting Airbus training initiatives at Flight Works Alabama, including FlightPath9, We Build It Better and dual enrollment in aviation at area schools, he added. .
Flight Works Alabama is an aerospace training center located near Airbus facilities that aims to inspire future aviation workers in the mobile region. The 15,000 square foot facility, which features more than 40 high-tech exhibits, opened in August 2020.
Flight Works also runs the FlightPath9 program which targets high school students from the mobile community who want to work in aerospace. We Build It Better is an innovative learning program that provides classroom kits and interactive techniques designed to help instructors develop students’ creative ability and encourage discovery.
“We view Airbus as the ‘tip of the spear’ with its location in Alabama and its continued growth as a powerful catalyst for an expansion of the aerospace industry in our state,” said Castile. “This Airbus expansion just underscores that Alabama is open for business and a great place to work and raise a family.”
Airbus produced the first A320 aircraft built in Alabama in 2015 and launched production of the A220 single-aisle passenger plane in Mobile in 2019, with a new assembly line specifically for the A220 opening next year.
Airbus has invested more than a billion dollars in its manufacturing plant in Alabama.
Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said the state’s aerospace/aircraft industry is poised for growth. In 2021, companies in the sector announced new investments totaling $220 million in projects that are expected to create 667 jobs, Commerce data shows.
“The growth of the aerospace industry continues to be a high-value opportunity for Alabama, not only in terms of capital investment, but also in terms of job creation,” said Secretary Canfield. “A lot of exciting things are happening in aerospace and aviation in the state, and we’re seeing that today with the expansion of Airbus.”
Mobile officials praised Airbus for its commitment to growth at the Brookley manufacturing site.
“Mobile is quickly becoming a global epicenter of the aerospace industry, and the addition of a third final assembly line in Mobile is a testament to our region’s workforce,” says David RodgersVice President of Economic Development at the Mobile Region Chamber of Commerce.