Airbus has awarded MAAS Aviation the paint shop operation contract for the A320 Family Assembly Line in Mobile. MAAS will be responsible for painting aircraft prior to their delivery to Airbus’ customers.
MAAS’ paint hangar will be located on the Mobile Aeroplex property at Brookley, within the Airbus Assembly Line campus. Construction of the $13 million facility is scheduled to begin second quarter 2014 and will be complete by the middle of 2015. Jesco Inc. will lead the construction of the paint hangar. The new facility is expected to employ 34 people. MAAS also has options for expansion as Airbus’ production increases over the years.
“We’ve reached yet another major milestone in establishing the A320 assembly line in Mobile,” said Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas. “Throughout a very tough competition, MAAS showed that it would build a world-class, state-of-the-art paint facility which will provide our customers with beautiful aircraft for their passengers. We look forward to working together for many years to come.”
“We are delighted that Airbus has given us this vote of confidence,” said Darragh Hall, managing director of MAAS. “Our relationship with Airbus is going from strength to strength and the U.S. project in Mobile, Alabama, provides further opportunity to reinforce this further. This is a big opportunity for our company and the green field nature of this project holds great appeal. We are also very excited to become a part of the local community and to be one of the many leading companies building the aviation hub here.”
Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, MAAS has a history with Airbus. The company is responsible for some of the paint activities for the airplane manufacturer’s assembly lines in Germany. They also have facilities in the Netherlands.
MAAS Aviation has been delivering world-class standards in aircraft painting to aircraft operators located throughout Europe and the world for more than 30 years. The company provides aircraft painting services to OEM manufacturers and is regarded as one of the leading aircraft painting companies in Europe. MAAS Aviation is certified in the EN/AS9100 Revision C standard, an aerospace industry requirement.
Aircraft assembly in Mobile is still planned to start in 2015, with first deliveries from the facility beginning in 2016. Airbus anticipates the plant will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018. Since 1990, Airbus has spent more than $140 billion in the U.S., with hundreds of American suppliers in more than 40 states. Airbus supports, trains and sells to customers in the Americas from its centers in suburban Washington, D.C., and Miami, Fla.
Latest job openings at Airbus
Airbus, in conjunction with its hiring partner AIDT, has posted new open job positions for Quality Inspectors with its assembly line.
The company is seeking one Quality Inspector Flight Line and six Quality Inspectors Final Assembly Line.
The Quality Inspector Flight Line position will be responsible for planning and executing the quality activities in the Flight Line phase of assembly, starting from the handover from the Final Assembly Line to the Flight Line until the final delivery to the customer.
The Quality Inspectors Final Assembly Line positions are responsible for the execution and confirmation of quality inspections in the production process.
Both openings require experience with quality inspection of aircraft installations, among other qualifications, and a minimum of nine months training abroad.
For a full job description of all the positions and to apply, go to www.aidt.edu/airbus.
Rural Sourcing Inc. finalizing permanent office space
Rural Sourcing Inc. has hired its first wave of employees locally, and a few of the first clients assigned to the new Mobile location include an online dating firm, a healthcare company and a consumer products business.
As previously reported, RSI has temporarily set up shop in an office behind the Chamber of Commerce building off Government Street, but expects to inhabit a more permanent location later this year. RSI has narrowed down their choices in LoDa and hopes to make a final decision in the next few weeks.
“We have found a strong technical talent pool in the greater Mobile area and are looking forward to being part of the business development and growth of the downtown area. RSI is currently seeking developers that have skill sets in .Net, JAVA, SAP and QA,” said Margaux Kaynard, director of Human Resources and Recruiting. “RSI is excited to join the flourishing downtown culture and is looking forward to a thriving partnership with Mobile.”
Interested applicants can apply on their website at www.ruralsourcing.com.
Commercial real estate moves
The historic Protestant Orphanage on 911 Dauphin Street in Mobile recently sold for $440,000. The property covers two acres and has two buildings. The historic structure is 15,960 square feet, and the contemporary structure is 4,800 square feet. It was purchased by The Historic Restoration Society Inc., a local not-for-profit. Plans are to renovate the property for civic purposes. The entire transaction was handled by NAI Mobile, the local footprint of NAI Global.
American Heritage Financial has leased 3,300 square feet of office space at 411 Azalea Road in Mobile. Tony Cooper and David Cooper of Prudential Cooper and Company Inc. Commercial Division handled the transaction.
Antiques and Estates recently opened up on 12 S. Conception St. It is the sister store of the 4-year-old Joachim Street Antique Mall located on 9 S. Joachim St. Both businesses are owned by William Appling. The property is 11,000 square feet in entirety, but only the bottom floor will be used. Of that area, 2,500 square feet will be dedicated as showroom space. It sells high-end furniture for both residential and office space use.
Steven McMahon with Inge and Associates worked for the seller of the former City Loan business that closed shop July 2013. “The building was originally built in 1875 as a livery stable, and in the 1940s it was a restaurant known as Rector’s Café,” Appling said.
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