Embraer To Build Phenoms In Florida

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Embraer will build a $51 million plant in Melbourne, Fla. to assemble Phenom 100 and 300 models. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon in Melbourne, According to TCPalm.com, the Brazilian planemaker could break ground within weeks on a 15-acre site at Melbourne International Airport. The plant would employ about 200. Flight testing would also be carried out there as would various engineering and design functions and delivery preparation.

The Phenom 100 very light jet is in the final stage of certification and production has started at facilities in Brazil. A prototype has spent the last month in the U.S. undergoing cold soak and airframe icing tests. The Phenom 300 prototype flew for the first time two weeks ago and is expected to go into service in 2010.