Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that Thales, a global aerospace, transport, defense and security company, will expand in Florida, adding 327 new jobs in Melbourne, Florida, and 173 new jobs in Orlando, Florida. The project will invest more than $20 million in the Central Florida communities.
“I am proud to announce that Thales chose Florida to expand and create 500 new jobs for Florida families," Scott said. "We met with Thales at the Paris Air Show last year and it’s great to make this exciting announcement today in London. I look forward to seeing their continued success in our state.”
Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies employing nearly 80,000 workers, and has long been a major hub for flight training and MRO. Florida is the #2 state in aviation, aerospace and space establishments, and its valuable industry assets include 22 airports with runways of 10,000+ feet and a full range of industry activities.
“Thanks to the leadership of Governor Scott and other state and local officials, we are pleased to be able to further expand our competitive footprint in Florida. The state’s pro-business agenda is helping to enable our targeted growth,” Alan Pellegrini, President and CEO of Thales USA, said.
Partners in the Florida taxpayer-subsidized expansion include Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Orange County/City of Orlando, City of Melbourne, Orlando Economic Development Commission and CareerSource Florida.
Photo credit: Enterprise Florida