Volume 3 Number 49
December 4, 2006

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Governor Bush applauded the C-27J industry team of L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Finmeccanica's Alenia North America, Global Military Aircraft Systems and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems for their commitment to establish the group's advanced aircraft operation at Jacksonville's Cecil Commerce Center if awarded a Department of Defense contract. The governor toured the C-27J aircraft and potential assembly and production site along with Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, and state and local business leaders.

In selecting Jacksonville's Cecil Field, the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft team has embraced the strengths of Florida's pro-business climate, robust defense industry and highly skilled aviation and aerospace workforce. This new assembly and production activity will enhance Florida' economy and would be a great addition to the state's thriving aviation sector, currently the third strongest in the nation. Most importantly, the C-27J will help the men and women of the Army and the Air Force continue to serve and defend the United States.

The Department of Defense is expected to award the Joint Cargo Aircraft contract in early 2007. Should the Department award the multi-billion dollar contract to the C-27J team, the group will begin establishing its advanced aircraft operation at the Jacksonville site in 2007. The facility is expected to employ more than 200 people. For more information on economic development initiatives, please visit www.myflorida.com.