The initial grant of $56 million called for a commitment to create 1,325 jobs and keep them in the community for at least three years. Now that’s up to seven years with the additional money.
Earlier this week, the Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission each approved committing an additional $5 million a piece to the project, a 50 percent increase for each government.
The $210 million project would expand ST Engineering's aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) footprint at Pensacola International Airport from the current one to four hangars. ST Engineering’s first hangar opened in June and cost $46 million, and the company plans to hire 400 people.
The city still has a shortfall of nearly $25 million. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson is optimistic that $20 million of that will come from the Florida Department of Transportation. (Post)
A lot of people don’t understand the reason incentives are offered to companies, arguing that those international companies have the money to cushion the cost on their own. But the problem is, everybody is playing that game. If you don’t offer them, someone else will and the jobs will go elsewhere.
The Navy's newest outlying landing field is now being used to train military helicopter pilots. There was a ribbon-cutting Jan. 30 that marked the ceremonial transfer of Site X in Santa Rosa County to the Navy.
Exchange of the signed deeds, which is the act that finalized change of ownership for both properties of some 600 acres each, was the day before the ribbon-cutting. The Navy ceased operations at NOLF Site 8 in neighboring Escambia County the same day.
The National Defense Authorization Act in 2015 authorized the land exchange, the first of its kind for the Navy. In June 2016, the Navy and Escambia County signed a land exchange agreement to formalize the intentions to transfer the property at Site 8 to Escambia County, in exchange for a suitable landing field in Santa Rosa County. Escambia County plans to develop the former Site 8, possibly as a commerce park. (Post)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $90.3 million contract modification. This modification provides for the identification and execution of cost reduction initiatives to reduce the cost of the F-35 Lightning II Air System. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. … In another F-35-related contract, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $52.4 million modification to a previously issued delivery order placed against basic ordering agreement. This modification provides for additional ancillary mission equipment for F-35 Lightning II aircraft in support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (non-U.S. DoD), participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in June 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. ... In a third contract, Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $31.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract for sustainment services for F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot X aircraft for the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Williamtown, Australia, and is expected to be completed in January 2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. … Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded $55 million for a modification to a previously awarded contract. This modification provides for the procurement of five Fire Scout MQ-8C unmanned air systems and two lightweight fuel cells. Moss Point, Miss., will perform 16 percent of the work and Ozark, Ala., 27 percent. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. ... The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $56.8 million contract that provides program management support as well as engineering and integrated logistics support by the original equipment manufacturer for the post-production support phase of the T-45 aircraft lifecycle. Work will be performed in St. Louis (96.1 percent); Meridian, Miss. (1.3 percent); Kingsville, Texas (1.3 percent); and Pensacola, Fla. (1.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2022. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Andromeda Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., was awarded a $42 million contract to provide engineering support services and associated engineering technical services in support of the Fleet Readiness Center South East’s In-Service Support Center. Among other places, some of the work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Homeland Security Solutions Inc., Hampton, Va., was awarded a $10.3 million contract for program management support, training, human resources services and non-guard security support services. New Orleans will perform 2 percent of the work. The Marine Corps Installations National Capitol Region - Regional Contracting Office, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.