The A-29 Super Tucano is proudly built in Jacksonville, Fla., with parts and services from more than 100 U.S. companies in 20 states.
In all, the LAS contract supports more than 1,400 American jobs, reflecting both the large U.S. supplier base and new jobs that were created by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer in order to deliver on the contract. Embraer created new high-tech jobs at its production facility in Jacksonville, which are now part of the 1,600 people Embraer employs in the United States, and new jobs at SNC added to its U.S. workforce of 2,500 people.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the contract lead, employs more than 2,500 people in 32 locations in 16 states. Embraer has been in the United States for more than 35 years and employs 1,600 people. Its primary operations are in Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, Minnesota, Tennessee, and California.
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 Global Customer Center for Executive Jets in Melbourne, Florida, creating 600 jobs thus far and growing. In March 2012, the company announced the establishment of the Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA – also in Melbourne. This R&D center employs over 100 aerospace engineers, with plans to double that number.
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.