The A-29 Super Tucano will be proudly built in Jacksonville, Fla., with parts and services from more than 100 U.S. companies in 20 states.
Embraer President and CEO Frederico Curado, joined by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Representatives Corrine Brown and Ander Crenshaw, marked the opening of the facility where the company will assemble the aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s Light Air Support (LAS) program.
In all, the LAS contract will support more than 1,400 American jobs, reflecting both the large U.S. supplier base and new jobs that will be created by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer. Embraer will create new high-tech jobs at its production facility in Jacksonville, adding to the 1,200 people Embraer currently employs in the United States, and new jobs at SNC will add to its U.S. workforce of 2,500 people.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the contract lead, employs more than 2,500 people in 30 locations in 16 states. Embraer has been in the United States for more than 30 years and employs 1,200 people. Its primary operations are in Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas.
In 2011, Embraer moved the global headquarters of its Executive Jets Division from Brazil to Florida and opened its first U.S. aircraft assembly facility and a new Global Customer Center for Executive Jets in Melbourne, Florida, creating 200 new jobs. In March 2012, the company announced the establishment of the Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA – also in Melbourne. This R&D center will employ 200 aerospace engineers.
Embraer is the world’s third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer and is a major consumer of U.S. aircraft components – more than $2 billion annually. More than 7,000 U.S. jobs are supported as a result of Embraer’s component purchases.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted in a March 2011 speech before the Center for Strategic and International Studies, when Embraer wins, the United States benefits:
"Take Embraer, the jet manufacturer and one of Brazil's biggest exporters. The United States accounts for about 65 percent of its sales, but about 70 percent of the parts that it puts into its planes are made in the United States. Now, these economic relations, therefore, are not zero-sum. Ultimately, they do benefit the people of every country involved."