Tuesday is the one year anniversary of a momentous day for Mobile.
One year ago, Airbus broke ground for its Final Assembly Line Facility.
But the company is close to announcing some major new developments for the future.
REMEMBER APRIL 8, 2013
April 8, 2013 was a day filled with pageantry.
Not only did dignitaries do the ceremonial groundbreaking, but Airbus officials even brought in a JetBlue A320 plane, just like the kind that will be built here in Mobile.
During the ceremony, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier said, “If you allow me not to be too humble, thanks to Mobile, the sun will never set on Airbus.”
ONE YEAR LATER
One year later, there’s a roof over the Final Assembly Line building, and the first assembly line workers are about to be hired.
Airbus Human Resources Director Jennifer Ogle said, “We just completed interviewing a large group of employees to be considered for a pre-employment process for production, assembly line workers, and we will be inviting 39 people to come in early May for two weeks of pre-employment.”
Airbus officials said 3,000 people applied for those 39 jobs, and those selected should hear the phone ringing shortly.
Ogle said, ‘They’re getting the call as we speak.”
TRAINING CENTER TO OPEN
Many will get training at AIDT’s Alabama Aviation Training Center.
It’s being built at the Brookley Aeroplex not far from the Airbus site.
Fox Ten News has learned that dedication for that facility is scheduled for June 24th.
MORE CONTRACTORS TO BE HIRED
And, more contractors are being hired, too.
Airbus Director of Economic and Community Development Michelle Hurdle said, “In the next week or so, we’ll announce the general contractors and some of the other companies that got work packages on the construction part of the site.”
And, sometime within the next three months, construction is scheduled to start at Brookley on a facility where the aircraft will be painted after they’re built.
Hurdle said, “In the May-June timeline, you may have a thousand workers out there on the site actually building the paint shop, finishing the powerhouse, and doing all the building for the facility.”
Now, the second year begins.