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Aerospace Industry bringing jobs to Pensacola
At least three hundred jobs could be coming to Pensacola.
According to Mayor Ashton Hawyard's office, he has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with ST Aerospace in Mobile.
The company maintains, repairs and overhauls planes at its facility at Brookley Field in Mobile.
It employs 15-hundred people, and has expanded tremendously since opening in 1991.
Mayor Hayward's office says they have been working for 18 months to build the Aerospace industry in Pensacola,
If the city lands the deal, ST Aerospace would set up in the Commerce park at the Pensacola Airport.
But a big part of those "joint efforts" has been the city's collaboration with Escambia County to lure the company.
The County has tentatively agreed to put up ten million dollars as part of an incentive package to pay for new hangars, infrastructure, and a reduced lease fee for ST Aerospace.
But County Commissioner Gene Valentino says the mayor abruptly cancelled a meeting with commissioners yesterday morning and announced the deal on his own last night.
That's not sitting well with commissioners.
Valentino says the Commission has unresolved issues with the city that need to be ironed out before the county signs off on the ten million dollars.
And they don't even know if the Mayor has included the County's money in the memorandum of understanding with ST aerospace.
Commission Chairman Lumon May also sent us a statement, saying he doesn't know details of the deal either. A deal that had been code named "project stallion".
Mayor Hayward's press release was sent to Channel Three news at 6:20 last night.... well after Government Offices close.
Efforts to contact the Mayor or his communications Director since then have been useless.
No call-backs yet.