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Mayor: Embraer to Build Planes at JIA for New Contract

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Embraer company has committed to building Super Tucano planes at Jacksonville International Airport, according to the mayor's office.

"This is great economic news for Jacksonville,"   Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown announced in a statement this afternoon. "The award reaffirms that Jacksonville is the most military and business friendly city in the United States."

Embraer plans to assemble Super Tucano light attack planes for U.S. military use as part of a Department of Defense $355 million contract.

The project will create 50 high-wage jobs, according to Brown's office.

Two months ago, Brown and Gov. Rick Scott traveled to Brazil where they met with executives from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. A few weeks ago, Brown traveled to Washington to meet with U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley.

He pledged today to work closely with Embraer to make its aircraft assembly efforts a success, saying he has developed a "great working relationship" with the Embraer president.

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