Embraer prepares Legacy jet for Melbourne production

downloadEmbraer put its Legacy on display Tuesday at Orlando Melbourne International Airport – literally.

The Melbourne-headquartered Embraer Executive Jets held a brief ceremony at its customer center to note the 1,000th delivery of a business jet to a customer. But for most people in Brevard, the bigger news probably is the sleek Legacy itself: a mid-sized, business-class jet that workers in Brevard County will begin assembling next month at Embraer’s sprawling campus on the north side of the airport.

Embraer, which already employs more than 500 people in Brevard, is expected to add 600 jobs in the next three to four years to support the assembly of the Legacy. In Melbourne, the company already assembles the smaller line of business jets, the Phenom 100 and 300 series, as well as operates the company’s only U.S. Engineering & Technology Center. Embraer also has a customer center at the airport.

And in Titusville, Embraer last year broke ground for a new unit, Aero Seating facility in Spaceport Commerce Park.

The São José dos Campos, Brazil-based Embraer started making business jets about 15 years ago, with the first delivery in 2002. Three years later, the company decided the product needed its own business unit and started Embraer Executive Jets in 2005. Since then, the company has carved itself a significant share of the global business jet market.

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