Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott: "It's Working" - Paris Trip Brings Jobs To Florida's Space Coast

PARIS, France – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) announced that Vision Systems, a Lyon, France-based Tier One supplier for the aeronautics, marine and automotive industries, has chosen Florida's Space Coast to open its first-ever U.S. subsidiary.

The project was unveiled today at the Paris Air Show.  Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined Vision Systems President and CEO Carl Putman, EDC President and CEO Lynda Weatherman and others in the announcement ceremony. 

“Today’s announcement further demonstrates the importance of Florida’s international missions,” Gov. Scott said. “It’s working.  I am thrilled that Vision Systems chose Melbourne for their first U.S. operations.  With the creation of more than 330,000 private sector jobs in just over two years and an unemployment rate below the national average, our economic formula is working to create jobs and opportunities for families.”

With an eye toward working with current customers with strong U.S. operations, including HondaJet and Gulfstream, Vision Systems’ 12,000-square-foot Melbourne, Florida operation at 1801 Penn Street will also facilitate trade development opportunities across its three segments.

“We felt it was essential for Vision Systems to be located in America,” Putman said. “We feel confident in moving our first American location to Florida’s Space Coast.  This location will enable us to be closer to our U.S. customers and to expand our business activities in this area. We thank Governor Scott, Enterprise Florida, and the EDC for helping to make this move a great opportunity for Vision Systems, and for Florida families.”

Opening in an existing building, the company by next summer will establish office space, production workshops and a clean room for the production of smart solar protection systems. Then, in fourth quarter 2013, Vision Systems will install specific machinery for series production.

The company will hire 10 workers by the end of 2013 and generate a total of 40 manufacturing and engineering jobs within three years averaging $40,555 in annual salary. Vision Systems will invest nearly $1.2 million in capital expenditures.

“The EDC worked with Vision Systems for nearly a year to highlight the Space Coast’s competitive business environment and showcase both our strong base of industrial facilities and our capable workforce,” said EDC President and CEO Lynda Weatherman “In continuing Governor’s Scott main focus on job creation for Florida families, we are thrilled the company will be opening its first North American facility here and welcome them to our diverse, international and highly regarded aviation segment.”

Just before leaving for Paris, the Governor's office touted four aerospace and aviation companies located in Brevard County as "recent triumphs in attracting jobs and investment" to the Sunshine State: Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Harris, and Embraer. 

Listen to Bill Mick Live discuss this article during a recording of his Wednesday morning radio broadcast.