September 10, 2012
Embraer adds Phenom 300 to Melbourne, FL, assembly line
With the arrival of the first wing and fuselage in late August, Embraer Executive Jets’ assembly facility in Melbourne, FL, has added production of the Phenom 300 light aircraft to the two-shift assembly operation. Full development of the assembly line, including the addition of the Phenom 300, will be completed in the first quarter 2013. Since its arrival, the fuselage and wing of the Phenom 300 have been readied for the commencement of assembly. Workers have been preparing all work instructions and tooling and have completed training at Embraer Executive Jets’ production facility in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The Melbourne assembly facility has also completed hiring the necessary personnel to accommodate the addition of the Phenom 300. The current complement of assembly personnel now stands at 160. The addition of the Phenom 300 to the assembly line comes as Embraer is developing the Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA at its growing aeronautical complex in Melbourne. Scheduled for completion in 2013, the engineering center will add another 200 jobs over the next five years.