Engineering and Technology Center USA Opens on Embraer’s Melbourne Campus

Third project to boost company’s engineering focus

Brevard County, Fla. (September 8, 2014) – For the third time in as many years, a new Embraer facility is at the center of a major grand opening at Melbourne International Airport.

Embraer S.A. unveiled its $24.2 million, 75,436-square-foot Engineering and Technology Center USA to the community today, delivering on the company’s commitment to expand its footprint in Brevard County.

This state-of-the-art facility increases Embraer’s scope and depth of engineering capacity through 3D Computer Aided Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Modeling, 3D Virtual Reality Center, prototype capabilities and sophisticated laboratories and other test equipment.

“As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of our North American presence this month, we are once again expanding our longstanding relationship with the State of Florida and the Brevard community with the opening of a cutting-edge Engineering & Technology Center” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer S.A. President and CEO. “With the highly qualified team of engineers that will work in these offices and laboratories, we will bring the most advanced solutions to our customers.”

The company is expected to hire 200 employees by 2016 at an average salary of $70,000 per year in such specialties as Mechanical and Electrical Systems Engineers, Interior Design Engineers, Structural Engineers and Certification Engineers.

Governor Scott said, “Embraer’s commitment to Florida and their creation of 200 jobs will help more Florida families get back to work and live the American Dream. This project is great news for the Space Coast and I’m excited to see this company grow as they open today. Since December 2010, we have created more than 620,000 private-sector jobs and we will continue working hard to create an opportunity where every Floridian who wants a job can get one.”

Embraer’s Melbourne presence includes nearly $50 million in capital investment in established buildings. In 2011, an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing and assembly building and associated paint facilities were opened for Embraer’s Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft, and later that year, a 58,000-square-foot customer delivery center was added.

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Enterprise Florida, Space Florida and community partners have worked with Embraer since the company first considered the Space Coast more than six years ago.

“Embraer opened the door to the rapidly growing aviation sector in Brevard, and as a result, our community’s stock has risen,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and chief executive officer, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. “In a matter of years, the face of the Space Coast’s business community has transformed into a hotbed of aviation activity because this dedicated community team was able to show Embraer what we had to offer, our workforce, our lifestyle, our aviation heritage and our forward vision. That message is translating into new opportunities for the Space Coast.”

Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope, participated in this morning’s event and spoke about Embraer’s growing presence in Florida, “When Governor Scott and I visited Embraer’s R&D center in Brazil in 2011, we were able to see first-hand what having them here could do for Florida. Because of the strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast, Brevard County, the Melbourne International Airport and Space Florida, we can bring competitive, game-changing projects like this new Center of Excellence to Florida. Embraer could have located this new engineering facility anywhere in the world, but they chose Florida and we appreciate their continued commitment to the state.”

The Engineering and Technology Center USA is financed, built, owned and operated by Space Florida for Embraer.

“We’ve had the opportunity to serve as a close partner to Embraer over the years, as they’ve continued to expand and add high-tech, high wage jobs to the area. We were pleased to work with our banking partner – PNC Bank – and the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity to make today’s opening of this new, world-class aviation design center here in Florida possible,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Embraer leadership to provide the tools they need to ensure their ongoing growth here in the century to come!”

At full employment, Embraer will once again have a significant impact on the surrounding area. A projected total economic impact of $22 million associated with the Engineering & Technology Center USA will inject a new stream of capital investment and new wage benefits into the community.

“Today we celebrate another milestone in what has become a strong and thriving relationship between Embraer, a world class company and Brevard County, a world class community,” said Mary Bolin Lewis, District 4 commissioner and chairman of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners. “The Space Coast is the place for engineering and technology. This innovation focused facility, and the 200 citizens it will employ, will foster next generation technological advancement for the company.”

“Embraer could have committed to this level of growth at any of their locations, but they chose to do so in Melbourne,” said City of Melbourne mayor Kathy Meehan. “There isn’t a greater compliment than repeat business and we’re thrilled to play host to Embraer’s third project in our aviation centric city. Long-term investment from a global leader and model corporate citizen doesn’t happen every day. As a community, we’re honored its happening here.”


About the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC)
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies. The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast. Visit

About Embraer S.A.
Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. Visit