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January 20, 2018

Business Florida 2018 - The Regions

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| 9/22/2017

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Aviation/Aerospace

MIAMI KLX Aerospace Solutions Group will add 100 employees with the expansion of its global headquarters and distribution center. A leading distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables, KLX currently employs more than 650 Floridians.

SUNRISE Aviation Inflatables opened its south Florida headquarters in late 2016. The FAA-licensed repair station and reseller of passenger aircraft accessories and emergency evacuation equipment will add 40 jobs to its current staff of 69.

PEMBROKE PINES Broward College is now offering a degree in aerospace sciences for students seeking to study pilot and aviation management. Classes will be conducted at Broward College Aviation Institute.

FORT LAUDERDALE JetSmarter opened a corporate headquarters in September 2016. Offering travelers access to private jet services in more than 170 countries, JetSmarter allows users to charter planes via mobile app. Since its founding in 2013, JetSmarter has created more than 100 jobs in south Florida.

STUART Triumph Aerospace Structures was recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for its stewardship and commitment to implementing environmental management policies. The manufacturer of fuselages, wings and other aerostructures for commercial, military and business jet aircraft opened here in 1950.

Key Players

Embraer | Fort Lauderdale
HEICO Corporation | Hollywood
KLX Aerospace Solutions Group | Miami
Piper Aircraft | Vero Beach
Pratt & Whitney | West Palm Beach

Aerolease Aviation of Miami has signed a deal to purchase 10 MRJ90 regional jets from Mitsubishi Aircraft; delivery expected in 2018.

 

Energy

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY Florida Power & Light (FPL) expects to begin generating 74.5 megawatts of power — enough to power 15,000 homes — from each of two Indian River-based solar plants in 2018. The Indian River Solar Energy Center is scheduled to become operational in January. The 432-acre Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center has a target opening date of April. Both will operate as universal solar centers — virtually silent and requiring neither water nor staff to operate.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY FPL’s Loggerhead Solar Energy Center is scheduled for completion by March 2018. The site will generate 74.5 megawatts of zero-emissions electricity. FPL sites already operating in the region include:

• Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, a combination solar and natural gas facility, near Indiantown.
• SolarNow arrays at the Broward Young at Art Museum & Library in Davie and Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.
• A solar research installation at Florida International University in Miami.

 

Key Player

Florida Power & Light | Juno Beach

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