published Monday, April 8th, 2013

Airbus breaking ground on south Alabama plant

MOBILE, Ala. — Airbus is breaking ground on its new aircraft assembly plant in Mobile.

Top executives will be in the port city today for a ceremony to mark the start of construction on the Airbus plant at Brookley Aeroplex.

The $600 million factory is expected to employ 1,000 people once production of the Airbus A320 jet begins around 2015.

The state’s first major Airbus supplier, Safran Engineering Services, is opening its new office in Mobile today. The company plans to employ as many as 50 people at an engineering support facility.

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