Eclipse Aerospace adding 100 new jobs

Posted at: 12/20/2013 11:05 AM
Updated at: 12/20/2013 12:27 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com



Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry announced Friday that high-paying jobs are coming to the city.

Eclipse Aerospace, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 twin-engine jet, is adding 100 new manufacturing jobs over the next two years. The addition will bring the total number of employees at Eclipse's operations center to 275.

Officials have signed a preliminary agreement with Eclipse Aerospace for facility support at the Sunport. Berry said the company will receive $635,222 in Local Economic Development Act funds from the state and city.

The funds will allow Eclipse to spend their resources to create jobs, according to a news release.

"This makes so much sense for our city and state," Mayor Berry said in a statement. "Eclipse Aerospace is here, doing well, an active contributor to our economy and tax base. They have successfully operated in Albuquerque for the last four years, preserving jobs and generating revenue from their start up. The company's revitalization has not gone unnoticed, with communities from across Europe and the United States vying to lure them away from Albuquerque, and to move their operations/manufacturing to other markets."

"We are proud of our contributions to the aviation industry and the continued production of the Eclipse 550 twin engine Jet. The world's most cost effective light jet," Eclipse Aerospace CEO Mason Holland said in a statement. "The city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico is part of what makes us who we are, we appreciate the partnership."