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Eclipse Aviation Breaks Ground On New Production Facility

With an eye on expected future growth, Eclipse Aviation broke ground in January on Sunport 11, a new 52,000 square foot space that will house a state-of-the-art assembly and manufacturing center, and will serve as a central hub for Eclipse 500 production.

"We set out to change aviation, and we are accomplishing this goal with the help of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico," said Eclipse President and CEO Vern Rayburn. "As we move into aircraft manufacturing and delivery, we will continue to rapidly expand our physical infrastructure, growing from three buildings to six by June of this year. This growth will allow us to ramp production to four aircraft per day, and deliver on our order log of more than 2,360 jets."
Currently, Eclipse has three buildings in operation throughout Albuquerque, representing nearly 200,000 square feet of space. These include the company's Sunport 1 headquarters, its Sunport 2 final assembly building and the Sunport 10 friction stir weld center, located off-field. The company plans to expand its facilities to encompass six buildings totaling more than 350,000 square feet by June 2006.

Nice to see this. Kudos to any bureaucrats at the local and state levels who are playing this smart and have either helped big time, or stepped out of the way. Onward and upward for EA…is there room in that order book for my –500?

Oops, caught dreaming again…

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