Sept 20, 2016: Embraer inaugurated a new 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility for its premium seating solutions subsidiary, Embraer Aero Seating Technologies (EAST), in the City of Titusville, Florida. The operation will soon start production of seats dedicated to the company’s business and commercial aviation products, including the seats for the first class cabin of its next generation commercial aircraft family, the E-Jets E2.
The ceremony included Brevard County and Titusville officials, in addition to Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has been involved with this project since first announcing it in June of 2015, at the 51st International Paris Air Show, and participating in the Groundbreaking ceremony just one year ago in September of 2015.
Embraer’s partners on this project include Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, and the North Brevard Economic Development Zone.
The EAST facility represents Embraer’s forth expansion project on the Space Coast since the company announced its intentions to assemble executive jets in Florida in 2008. Embraer’s facilities, combining Melbourne and Titusville, now total approximately 500,000 square feet, comprised of production, engineering, sales, customer support, and administrative offices.
“Having spent nearly 50 years designing and developing aircraft for various markets, Embraer recognises the distinct importance of the aircraft seat, the ultimate customer touch point. That’s why we made the strategic decision to bring this expertise in-house,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer president & CEO.
“Embraer’s fourth major capital investment project in Brevard County is a testament to our thriving business climate,” stated Jim Barfield, District 2, commissioner and chairman of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners.
“Embraer continues to invest in our community amid a competitive market,” stated Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast.
“With the retirement of the shuttle program, our region needed a competitive tool that would enable us to achieve a true renaissance,” stated Brevard County Commissioner District 1 Robin Fisher. “The North Brevard Economic Development Zone was created to enhance business investment in the north Brevard area. To see a company like Embraer, establish a presence in Titusville is the intentional result of strategy, diligence and vision.”
Fisher continued, “You will see more of this type of collaboration coming from north Brevard. I’m proud to say it’s working just as it was designed to. This project is Your Zone Dollars at Work.”
Embraer completed its acquisition of Aero Seating Technologies in June, 2015, creating a wholly owned subsidiary called Embraer Aero Seating Technologies (EAST). Embraer progressively acquired its ownership stake in the company, beginning in 2011. With headquarters in Irwindale, California, EAST provides premium seating solutions for the aviation industry, featuring high quality, ergonomic comfort and lightweight construction, with innovative designs and features for the ultimate cabin experience.