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By Bill Sisson, President & CEO, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
As the old saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait.” And nothing could be more true as it relates to the official opening of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Center on Sept. 14 at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. More than a decade of perseverance has become a reality, making the Mobile Bay region truly one of the world’s newest and fastest-growing aviation/aerospace clusters in the world.
It’s often pointed out there are very few places in the world where large aircraft are assembled. This year, Mobile enters that rarefied arena that puts us on the aviation sector’s global stage – one that includes many other prominent aviation companies such as FedEx, VT MAE, Continental Motors, Southern Avionics and their parent company AVIC, Airbus Defense and Space, Segers Aerospace and Signature Flight Support; homegrown companies including Star Aviation, Aerostar; and all of the new suppliers and service providers that have recently announced Mobile locations: AAA Aerospace USA Inc., AMRO-Aeromark, AKKA, Assystem, ATT Metrology Services, AUSY North America, BE Aerospace/KLX Aerospace Solutions, Comau, Hutchinson, Integrated Airline Services, Inter-Informatics US, MAAS Aviation, Reel USA Corp., Safran Engineering Services, Safran Messier- Bugatti- Dowty USA, Sonovision USA, UTAS and Vartan Aviation Group.
I believe the best is yet to come, not only in aviation but also in our other business sectors. Mobile’s economy continues to evolve, and is growing to provide new opportunities that will serve generations to come.
So yes, “Good things come to those who wait,” and I’m convinced our most important work is ahead of us. Congratulations, Mobile, and welcome to your new home, Airbus.
Click here to read The Business View – October 2015