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Embraer Opens New Engineering & Technology Center In Melbourne, FL

September 9, 2014 - Embraer celebrated the opening of its newly constructed Engineering & Technology Center in Melbourne, FL on Monday. The 75,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind outside Brazil, where the Company is headquartered, and part of Embraer’s strategy to expand its global footprint.

The event was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 250 State, community and elected officials, news media and distinguished guests. 

The new Center will conduct engineering and development activities for both product and technology development across Embraer’s business lines with the first assignments primarily focused on executive jet interiors. 


It will include a laboratory for the development and testing of materials and interior components. Features include 3D Computer Aided Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Modeling, 3D Virtual Reality Center, prototype capabilities and sophisticated laboratories and test equipment. 

“As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of our North American presence this month, we are once again expanding our longstanding relationship with the State of Florida and the Brevard community with the opening of a cutting-edge Engineering & Technology Center,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President and CEO. “With the highly qualified team of engineers that will work in these offices and laboratories, we will bring the most advanced solutions to our customers.” 

The Center is located on General Aviation Drive at the Melbourne International Airport on 13 acres of land facing the existing Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 final assembly facility and the Embraer Executive Jets Customer Center, which were opened in 2009 and 2011, respectively. 

Some 70 engineers have already been hired and have been operating in a temporary facility near the airport since 2012. Employment is scheduled to ramp up to a total of 200 by 2016.



According to the Company, one of the key drivers for choosing Melbourne was its skilled labor force. Additionally, the availability of land for a green field start-up was important, as were proximity to established operations and the pro-business climate in Florida, Brevard County and the City of Melbourne. 

Space Florida President Frank DiBello said, "We've had the opportunity to serve as a close partner to Embraer over the years, as they've continued to expand and add high-tech, high wage jobs to the area. We were pleased to work with our banking partner - PNC Bank - and the State of Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity to make today's opening of this new, world-class aviation design center here in Florida possible. We look forward to continuing to partner with Embraer leadership to provide the tools they need to ensure their ongoing growth here in the century to come!"

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