Tuesday, December 17, 2013

PNS getting ST Aerospace

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mayor Ashton Hayward announced Tuesday that he's signed a memorandum of understanding with ST Aerospace to expand with an operation at Pensacola International Airport's Commerce Park. The non-binding agreement is the result of 18 months of talks and would eventually bring 300 aerospace jobs to Pensacola. Hayward said the next step is for the city to enter contract talks with ST executives, which could take several months. ST Aerospace operates a 1,500-employee operation at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Ala. The aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul company has been in Mobile since 1991 and has some 900,000 square feet of MRO space. Since 2012 it has been looking at an operation in Pensacola. Part of Singapore Technologies, ST Aerospace Mobile customers include FedEx, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and UPS. The Mobile operation is near where Airbus is building an A320 final assembly plant that will employ 1,000 workers. (Sources: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, al.com, 12/17/13) Previous: Pensacola airport eyes grant; ST Aerospace decision close; Pensacola expects aero company; Neighbor courts ST Aerospace; Pensacola's 350-acre lure