MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Members of the Mobile City Council unanimously voted to approve the expansion of Airbus, bringing 1,000 new jobs to The Port City. The vote happened at the council meeting Tuesday morning.
Councilman Ben Reynolds had previously introduced two amendments to the agreement before they would approve it. One of the amendments was to “support the workforce development, recruiting and training efforts in Mobile County.” The other amendment was that Airbus would use Mobile companies and contractors when able.
According to the President of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Bradley Byrne, this agreement between Airbus and the city would place Mobile higher on the list of locations most manufactures commercial aircrafts.
“Once we get finished maturing, that line of production, Mobile, Alabama, will be the fourth largest producer of commercial aircraft in the world,” explained Byrne. “So this is a huge transformative event.”
According to Byrne, Toulouse, France is first, then Seattle, Washington, and Hamburg, Germany.
The project agreement said the Mobile Airport Authority is planning on building a new facility at Brookley Aeroplex that will be leased to Airbus to build A320 aircraft.
The company will be putting up a total of $150 million for the project. The City of Mobile has allocated $10 million and Mobile County will also allocate $10 million.
Construction for the new aircrafts is set to begin September 30th, and the jobs will be added at the end of 2026.