Rick Scott says Paris air show yielded $151 million in sales for Florida companies

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Gov. Rick Scott took flak for visiting France during a Special Session in Tallahassee where lawmakers narrowly avoided a constitutional crisis by passing an eleventh-hour budget.   According to a news release on Friday, though, the trip was not in vain: Florida aerospace and aviation industries collected about $150 million in sales during 2015 Paris Air Show.

“I am thrilled to announce the 17 Florida companies that attended the business development mission have reported $151 million in total projected export sales from the Paris Air Show,”  Scott said in a prepared statement.

The governor — who has made trade missions both foreign and domestic his trademark since taking office in 2011 — said the nine-figure coup is in keeping with a trend.

“Florida is the No. 1 place to do business, and the aerospace and the aviation industry is a key component to our state’s success,” Scott said Friday. “Overall, Florida businesses have created nearly 900,000 private-sector jobs in just four and a half years, and we will continue to work hard to grow businesses and create opportunities for our families.”

His office released a list of Florida-based companies that secured sales or made strides related to the aviation expo last month:

Embraer will expand operations in Brevard County, creating 150 jobs and investing $3.5 million in a new manufacturing facility. 

Lockheed Martin will expand its Cape Canaveral facility to create 130 jobs. The new positions will support the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile program.

GA Telesis, one of the world’s largest commercial aerospace firms, is relocating one of their distribution centers to Miami. The relocation will result in more than 55 new Florida jobs. 

Aerospace Precision, an FAA/EASA repair facility is relocating one of its California facilities to Hollywood, Fla., creating up to 25 jobs in the Sunshine State.

Bill Johnson, CEO of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development agency, concurred with the governor that the trip to France in the summertime was well worth the opportunity cost.

“It’s no surprise that the Paris Air Show yielded exceptional results because Governor Scott has worked to create a pro-business climate in Florida and we have the best international trade and development team in the business,” said Johnson in prepared remarks.

“Florida is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for aviation manufacturing attractiveness for the second year in a row,” he said. “Opportunities like the Paris Air Show allow EFI to help companies expand and diversify through international trade. I congratulate these companies on their success at the trade show.”

Ryan Ray

Ryan Ray covers politics and public policy in North Florida and across the state. He has also worked as a legislative researcher and political campaign staffer. He can be reached at [email protected].


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