July 8, 2020
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
French Aeronautics Supplier will add 40 jobs and $1.2 million in capital investment in Florida
Paris, France – Today, Governor Rick Scott, and President and CEO of Vision Systems, Carl Putman announced that Vision Systems, a Lyon, France-based tier one supplier for the aeronautics, marine and, automotive industries, will open its first-ever U.S. subsidiary on the Space Coast. This project is the company’s first foreign direct investment project in the nation. The project, which was unveiled today at the Paris Air Show, will result in 40 new jobs and nearly $1.2 million in capital investment in the Melbourne community. The Space Coast was selected over sites in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.
Governor Scott said, “Today’s announcement further demonstrates the importance of Florida’s international missions. It’s working. I am thrilled that Vision Systems chose Melbourne for their first U.S. operations. With the creation of more than 330,000 private sector jobs in just over two years and an unemployment rate below the national average, our economic formula is working to create jobs and opportunities for families.”
With an eye toward working with current customers with strong U.S. operations, including HondaJet and Gulfstream, Vision Systems’ 12,000-square-foot facility will also facilitate trade development opportunities across its aeronautics, marine, and automotive industries.
“We felt it was essential for Vision Systems to be located in America,” Putman said. “We feel confident in moving our first American location to Florida’s Space Coast. This location will enable us to be closer to our U.S. customers and to expand our business activities in this area. We thank Governor Scott, Enterprise Florida, and the EDC for helping to make this move a great opportunity for Vision Systems, and for Florida families.”
As part of Governor Scott’s announcement today, the company will hire 10 workers by the end of 2013 and generate a total of 40 manufacturing and engineering jobs within three years with a $40,555 average annual salary. Governor Scott also presented Carl Putman with a Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for his commitment to expanding jobs and opportunities for Florida families. Putman also represents the first French-based company to receive a Governor’s Business Ambassador Award.
“Vision Systems choosing Melbourne for their first foreign direct investment project in the nation demonstrates Florida’s competitive advantages in this high-impact industry sector,” said Florida Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope. “The Space Coast is home to some of the state’s top aviation, space and military companies and Governor Scott is committed in bringing even more jobs to the region.”
The company will establish office space, production workshops and a clean room for the production of smart solar protection systems by next summer. The company will later install specific machinery for series production.
“The EDC worked with Vision Systems for nearly a year to highlight the Space Coast’s competitive business environment and showcase both our strong base of industrial facilities and our capable workforce,” said EDC President and CEO Lynda Weatherman. “In continuing Governor’s Scott main focus on job creation for Florida families, we are thrilled the company will be opening its first North American facility here and welcome them to our diverse, international and highly regarded aviation segment.”
“The city of Melbourne values Governor’s Scott commitment to job creation, and is a proud partner of the emerging aeronautical business cluster in Brevard County,” said Kathy Meehan, Mayor of Melbourne. “Vision Systems’ announced aeronautics expansion from Lyon, France to Florida’s Space Coast confirms the city’s status within the international aviation community, which Brazilian companies Embraer and Archo Solutions have already found as an ideal place to do business. Bienvenue, Vision Systems!”
“Getting Florida back to work is our number one priority. Vision Systems is bringing 40 new jobs to the Space Coast and that is great news for Brevard County families and our state,” said DEO Executive Director Jesse Panuccio. “The fiscally responsible policies and innovative ideas of the Scott administration are working, as evidenced by Florida’s continued job growth and declining unemployment rate.”
About Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. is a partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. Enterprise Florida’s mission is to facilitate job growth for Florida’s businesses and citizens leading to a vibrant statewide economy. In pursuit of its mission, Enterprise Florida works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses. Learn more about Florida’s aerospace and aviation industry at www.eflorida.com/aero.
About the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies. The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast. Visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org
About Vision Systems
Headquartered in France for more than 70 years, the Vision Systems group is divided into three activities: Vision Systems Aeronautics designs and produces innovative solutions for business jets, helicopters, regional and commercial aircrafts: solar protection, IFEC, CMS, video surveillance, composite structures and thermoformed parts; Vision Systems Automotive provides global solutions for the land transport and specific vehicles: CCTV, solar protection, drive protection door, side mirrors and drive assistant systems; Vision Systems Marine offers solar protection, cabin management, multimedia and video surveillance systems. Vision Systems combines complementary skills in electronics, mechanics and composite to provide ever more innovative solutions for cost reduction, heightened safety and improved comfort. Visit www.vision-systems.fr