Vision Systems to Open First U.S. Operation in Melbourne
By Matt O'Hern // June 18, 2013
VISION SYSTEMS TO CREATE 40 HIGH SKILL JOBS
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BREVARD COUNTY, MELBOURNE FLORIDA –France-based aeronautics, marine and, automotive supplier Vision Systems will open its first-ever U.S. subsidiary in Melbourne, Fla. According to a release from Governor Scott, Vision System’s 12,000-square-foot facility will create 40 new jobs and nearly $1.2 million in capital investment in the Melbourne community.
Melbourne was chosen over sites in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, and the Melbourne office will be Vision System’s first foreign direct investment project in the nation.
In a press release, Governor Scott said,
“Today’s announcement further demonstrates the importance of Florida’s international missions,” Scott said in a release.” 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.”
Vision System’s current customers include companies with strong U.S. operations, such as HondaJet and Gulfstream, President and CEO of Vision Systems, Carl Putman expressed confidence in establishing a U.S. presence with the first international office on the Space Coast.
“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.”
MELBOURNE MAYOR CREDITS SCOTT, VISION SYSTEMS
“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!”
According to Governor Scott’s release, Vision Systems 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.”
Vision Systems 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.”