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Eclipse Brings Jobs To Albuquerque

 

With an eye towards an uptick in the market, the VLJ maker could add up to 100 jobs in Albuquerque, NM.  

 

According to various accounts, Eclipse Aerospace intends to expand, as said in a report from KRQE.COM (12/20, Mitri) This is a turnaround from 2008, when the company filed for bankruptcy and laid off workers in the wake of the financial crisis and a collapse in the demand for Very Light Jets (VLJs.) The article notes that “five years later, the company has a new owner, a new name and is looking for new employees to boost production of its jets.”

According to the article, both the state of New Mexico and the city of Albuquerque are contributing funds to help with the company’s“expansion.” Reportedly, the company is currently producing about two airplanes a month, with expectations for higher demand.

According to the Albuquerque Journal (12/20, McKay) “The city and state would pay up to $635,000, which would come in increments for every 10 new jobs added by Eclipse.” The new jobs are expected to be in manufacturing, engineering and administration, officials said.

While the market for the VLJ is small, the sheer number of entrants indicates latent demand, according to an editorial in AMD (10/13, Brothers.) The piece notes that Honda Aircraft, Cirrus, and Embraer are all opening or expanding VLJ facilities in the continental US.

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Published Date : 1/6/2014

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