Collins Aerospace announces $10 million expansion, over 100 new jobs in Jacksonville, Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2020) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), along with the City of Jacksonville, and the State of Florida announced today that the company expects to bring over 100 new jobs to the region through the company’s $10.6 million investment in a new 140,000 square foot facility at 10531 Busch Drive N. in Imeson International Industrial Park.

Unanimously approved by the Jacksonville City Council this year, the new operation includes office and advanced manufacturing space, and nearly doubles the current number of Collins Aerospace employees in the region. The advanced manufacturing capabilities of the facility, to include laser inspection, is another example of Collins Aerospace’s accelerated deployment and implementation of advanced methods to increase operational efficiency.

Collins Aerospace also has a facility at 6061 Goodrich Blvd. in North Jacksonville at the Blount Island Marine Terminal which manufactures mission critical components to support military customers across a number of different programs. Both facilities are part of the company’s Aerostructures business, one of six strategic business units for Collins Aerospace.

“It’s great to hear that Collins Aerospace is expanding in Jacksonville, creating more than 100 new jobs for the community,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This new facility will build on Florida’s thriving aerospace industry and I applaud them for their continued investment in our state.”

“The significant capital investment of this project will enhance Jacksonville’s growing reputation in the advanced manufacturing sector and our strong relationship with the U.S. military,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “Thanks to Collins Aerospace, Governor DeSantis and our business community partners for your confidence in Jacksonville and our robust economic momentum.”

“This is a significant win for advanced manufacturing in Jacksonville and another example of a company having success here and choosing to grow in Northeast Florida,” JAXUSA President Aundra Wallace said. “We thank Collins Aerospace for continuing to invest here, congratulate them on their success and look forward to working with them on this upcoming expansion.”

“On behalf of Collins Aerospace, I would like to thank Governor DeSantis, Enterprise Florida, the City of Jacksonville, and JAXUSA Partnership for creating a robust business climate and for their strong support of this important expansion of our business,” said Marc Duvall, president of Collins Aerospace’s Aerostructures business unit. “Building on our 32 years in the Jacksonville community, this investment positions us well to grow our fantastic team and continue our groundbreaking work in highly specialized rubber and naval composite structures.”

About Collins Aerospace Systems

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About the City of Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville is the largest city by land mass in the contiguous United States, serving approximately 900,000 residents. Located in Duval County, City of Jacksonville leadership includes the mayor and a 19-member City Council. To learn more about the City of Jacksonville, visit COJ.net.

About Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Enterprise Florida (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention; small business growth through international trade and exporting programs; promotion of sporting events; promotion and protection of Florida's military bases; and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses.

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